Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library offers an annual award to improve access to a Michigan newspaper. Applications are accepted in the fall, and five finalists whose newspapers have been nominated will be encouraged to show their support by voting electronically or by mailing a Michigan picture postcard to the Clarke. The newspaper that receives the most votes will be selected and included in the Clarke Historical Library’s Digital Michigan Newspapers Database, found at
National Digital Newspaper Grant
In August 2012, the Clarke Historical Library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities' National Digital Newspaper Program to digitize culturally significant Michigan newspapers.
The Michigan team is charged with selecting and digitizing historically significant Michigan titles to be aggregated and permanently maintained by the Library of Congress via the Chronicling America database. One hundred thousand pages of Michigan newsprint, published between 1690-1963, will be digitized during a two-year cycle of the grant.
This grant has been renewed through 2018. Since receiving funding the MichDNP has digitized several titles that are now available on the Library of Congress' Chronicling America - Michigan Collection website.
Michigan Newspaper Project (2001-2007)
The Michigan Newspaper Project was a result of a federally sponsored program (United States Newspaper Program) that was designed to catalog all of the newspapers published in the United States, to selectively microfilm certain papers, and then to make some of the microfilmed newspapers available digitally. The was work is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, coordinated by the Library of Congress, and within each state organized by a single agency. In Michigan, the Clarke Historical Library, worked with the Library of Michigan to take on this responsibility.
For a history of newspapers in Michigan, view materials from the Clarke Historical Library exhibit
“Newspapers in Michigan.”