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Chronicling America Offline, Aug 28-30

The Chronicling America website will not be available this weekend due to maintenance on all Library of Congress websites.

Here is the announcement from the Library of Congress:

Websites Down Aug. 28-30, Reading Rooms Closed Aug. 29

The Library’s public websites (, & others) will be unavailable from 7 p.m. ET, Friday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 30.

The website will be available over the weekend of August 28-30. Data will be current through Thursday, Aug. 27, and updates will resume on Monday, Aug. 31.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, all reading rooms and research areas, Library Shop, Madison and Adams buildings will be closed to the public.

The Thomas Jefferson Building’s Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. No food service will be available throughout the day, however the vending lounge in the Thomas Jefferson Building cellar will be open.

The Architect of the Capitol will be conducting essential maintenance on the Capitol Hill campus from Friday, Aug. 28, through Sunday, Aug. 30, resulting in power outages that will require these closings.

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TNDP Update

The Chattanooga News, July 1918 – December 1920, is now available on Chronicling America.

Issues feature war reports, news from the home front, editorial cartoons, and the daily weather report from Billy ‘Possum.

Chattanooga News 1919 Peace Treaty Signed

The Chattanooga News. June 28, 1919.

Billy Possum weather - Chattanooga News

Weather report – Chattanooga News. July 12, 1918.


Tennessee Newspaper Resources

Information iconLooking for Tennessee newspapers? Looking for information about Tennessee newspapers? Check out the new Resources tab right here on this website!

The resources cover both historical and current newspapers, where to find them (online and print), publications about Tennessee newspapers (note the link to an extended bibliography), and a selection of special interest newspaper-related items and places in Tennessee.

Within these pages, you can find downloadable spreadsheets such as these on the “Where to Find Tenn Newspapers” page: Tennessee titles available in Chronicling America; Historical Tennessee titles in subscription databases. And these on the “Resources About TN Newspapers“: “Lost” Tennessee newspapers – a list of newspapers that we’ve found references to, but for which there are no extant copies; African American Tennessee newspapers – not an exhaustive list, but a work-in-progress. We’re compiling it from several different sources, and will add to it from time to time.

Please let us know if have any other recommendations to add to these resources.


List of Tennessee Newspapers on Chronicling America

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Camden Chronicle. June 11, 1915

Although it is possible to view a list of Tennessee newspapers on the Chronicling America website, the arrangement of the titles makes the list a little awkward to read. To make it easier, we’ve created a list organized by town. Use this link to open and download the spreadsheet: TNDP_TitlesOnChronAm_list

A list of essays about the Tennessee newspapers featured in Chronicling America can be found here:

TNDP Batch Names 2014-16

Batch names - Tennessee musicians

TNDP batch names – people with a Tennessee music connection. How many can you name?

The first batch of microfilm for the TNDP 2014-16 award cycle is now with our digitization vendor, iArchives. We send microfilm to them in small batches and they return the digital images and metadata for each reel. The Library of Congress requires each of these batches to have a name. The choice of names is entirely up to each awardee. Here’s how LC explains it:

“Referring to a batch as “last month’s batch” or even the “fifth batch” can leave room for interpretation. The fifth hard drive sent in is not always batch 5. To accomplish this clarity, what evolved in NDNP is a standardized way of naming batches using a word unique among that awardee institution’s batches. For example, a series of data could use the names of aliens (e.g. “alf,” “beeblebrox”). Different institutions have pulled their lists of names from various sources. Some have used alphabetical lists of cities within their state, or a list of philosophers, or foreign countries or musicians.
We ask that the NATO radio alphabet no longer be used. Repeated use has caused confusion. See this page for existing naming schemes: .”

For the previous two award cycles (2010-12 and 2012-14), TNDP used Tennessee musicians, or people with a strong Tennessee music connection. We’ve decided to keep that theme going through 2014-16. Pictured above are the new inductees into the TNDP batch hall of fame. How many did you recognize? (answers below)


Answers: Anita Kerr, Bertha Walburn Clark, Carla Thomas, Dinah Shore, “Smilin'” Eddie Hill, Fred E. Smith, Gus Nennstiel, Harry Nides, Ira Louvin, James D. Vaughan, Kathy Hill.


Ida B. Wells & Beyond

Announcing the inaugural Ida B. & Beyond Conference to be held at the University of Tennessee, March 26, 2015

Ida B Wells Barnett

Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Source: National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

“The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. in UT’s Black Cultural Center, 1800 Melrose Avenue. It is open to the university community and the public. During the daylong event, attendees will learn about the life, work, and legacy of daring anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells-Barnett and other like-minded social justice campaigners from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”

The keynote speaker for this event will be Mia Bay, the director for the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University, who recently released her second book about Wells-Barnett. Read more about the event in Tennessee Today.

The conference is part of the Ida B. Wells Initiative, spearheaded by UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media professor (and TNDP Advisory Board member!), Amber Roessner. Dr Roessner and her students have created an open access resource providing information about Wells and her work as a journalist, civil rights advocate, and suffragist.

Lost Newspapers: Wells spent several years as journalist and co-owner of the Memphis-based Free Speech and Headlight. Sadly there are no known extant copies of this paper. If you know of any, please contact us here at TNDP!

Dwight Teeter

Dwight Teeter — journalist, professor of journalism, former dean, and friend of TNDP — passed away last week.

Details of Dwight’s extraordinary life and career can be found in the University of Tennessee’s Tennessee Today. Dwight was a great supporter of TNDP. He served on our Advisory Board and provided some of the newspaper essays for Chronicling America. He also shared numerous anecdotes with us about his life in newspapering. Dwight’s laughter and sense of humor will be foremost in our memories of him; it was an honor to work with him.

Thank you, Dwight Teeter, for your contribution to making Tennessee’s historical newspapers accessible to a wider audience.

TNDP Update – Sample Batch Accepted

The 2014-16 sample batch has been accepted by the Library of Congress, so we have the green light to proceed. We are currently preparing the first batch to send to our digitization vendor at the end of this month. If all goes well, it should be available on Chronicling America this summer. We plan to submit one batch of microfilm per month, which is equal to around 10,000 pages.


TNDP Phase III Titles Selected

 Here it is … the much anticipated title list for Phase III

As with the first two phases, the selection was made by the TNDP Advisory Board. Given the forthcoming centennial anniversaries of two historic events – the First World War and the 19th Amendment – the Board decided to focus on the years 1914-1922. As you will see from the map, we have once again striven for broad geographic coverage.

There are a couple of newspapers that fall outside of the chosen timeframe: the Tennessee Staatszeitung, and the Chilhowee Echo. The Staatszeitung was a German language paper published in post-Civil War Nashville, and the Echo was a newspaper published by women in turn-of-the-century Knoxville. On a personal note, I’m looking forward to the challenge of digitizing some non-English content, especially the technical issues which are bound to come up when working with the Fraktur type!

Click on the map below for a PDF of the map and table.

TNDP 2014 Title Selection MapTNDP 2014 title list