The Pennsylvania Newspaper Project

About the Project

Beginning with the United States Newspaper Program in 1983, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Pennsylvania State Legislature, the Penn State University Libraries has partnered with other institutions in the Commonwealth to participate in nationally coordinated programs to find, catalog, preserve, and enhance access to all the newspapers published in Pennsylvania.

More information on Pennsylvania's participation in the United States Newspaper Program (USNP) through the Pennsylvania Newspaper Project (PaNP).

Currently, the Digitization and Preservation Department is leading the effort to digitize newspaper microfilm through the National Digital Newspaper Program, also funded by NEH, for uploading to Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, a free online repository maintained by the Library of Congress.

More information on Pennsylvania's participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) through the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project (PaDNP).

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Project does not hold newspapers or microfilm in its offices.   

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Our Story

7,921! That's the number of newspapers to have been published in Pennsylvania since the American Weekly Mercury began in 1719. 

From 1985 to 1988 Becky Wilson and Sue Kellerman had the privilege to work on one of the most significant national efforts ever undertaken — the United States Newspaper Project. OUR STORY chronicles the "how, what, where, when, and who" of the project work covering 30 central PA counties. 

  • Read the stories ... there's one about a ghost. 
  • Meet the people ... a pioneer newspaper woman, a grave digger, a monk and other fascinating personalities. 
  • Follow the itineraries ... 7 towns in 4 days. 
  • Discover the historic newspapers ... The Weekly Gem, The Spy, The Turkeyfoot News and so many more.