States Newspaper Program/Florida
The National Endowment for the
Humanities invited grant applications from the 50 states to inventory,
microfilm and catalog into a national database, American newspapers in
their borders. The University of Florida Libraries joined the project in
1993 and elected to identify primarily Florida-based titles.
The emphasis of the project
is upon 19th and 20th century newspapers, with particular emphasis upon
ethnic and African-American titles. These had small press runs and dismal
As staff collected survey information,
some of it went directly into cataloging records for the national OCLC
database. Now supplementary information from the in-house database is available
on the Internet. Searchers can look by newspaper titles, city or county
of publication, and often by ranges of years.
Holdings are either at UF, at
cooperating libraries, or out of state. The microfilms are housed in the
micro-text room on the first floor of Library West. Searching for UF's
holdings may be done via WEBLuis at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu [Search UF
The variant index which identifies
holdings elsewhere is at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/fnp/. Broader information
about the project with many valuable Internet links to related Florida
newspaper sites or information sources at at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/flnews/.