The Last Push to Digitize a NOLA Newspaper Archive


We have until 10:30 PM CST tonight to fully fund The NOLA Digital Newspaper Archive (in conjunction with Intelligent Archives) in their efforts to “preserve & digitize” a plethora of Times-Picayune papers from 1888 to 1929. 

The Kickstarter page is, at the time of this writing, at almost $14,000 raised. It’s an all or nothing goal, meaning that they must make at least the set goal – $20,000 – by tonight.

The following comes from their press release, dated 7/15:

“Once in the holdings of the British Library & Museum, Nola DNA’s continuous collection of 42 years of Daily Picayune and Times-Picayune newspapers, which is preserved and housed safely at their New Orleans headquarters In Central City, must be photographed, digitally archived, and preserved for research and exhibition purposes.

The tech to support and host mass media digitization is here. Intelligent Archives wants to be the group to build it, and the Picayune collection will be the flagship project.”

The following is quoted from Hunter Oatman-Stanford of the article  “Cache of Historic Newspapers Unveils the Mysteries of Old New Orleans,” Collector’s Weekly, 2014:

“Joseph Makkos’ New Orleans collection is particularly remarkable because it documents the publishing industry during a time of great change, visible in the adoption of new technologies for printing illustrations and photographs, as well as the expansion of coverage to include new sections like literature, comics, ladies’ fashion, health columns, a letter-writing club, children’s games, and a pull-out magazine.” 

Follow along at the embedded link below, and be sure to share and support by 10:30 PM tonight! (And look out for an interview with Joseph Makkos later this week)


Bill Arceneaux has been an independent writer and film critic in the New Orleans area since 2011, working with outlets like Film Threat, DIG Baton Rouge, Crosstown Conversations, and Occupy. He is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and is Rotten Tomatoes approved. Follow him on Twitter: @billreviews

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