The Gumberg Library at Duquesne University will receive a $20,000 grant to continue digitizing issues of the Pittsburgh Catholic through the year 1900.
America’s oldest Catholic newspaper, the Pittsburgh Catholic has been in continuous publication since March 16, 1844. Digitization began in 2008 on its earliest issues, making the papers accessible online and keyword searchable.
“Adding this content to our digital library will support our service to the local Catholic community and increase the depth of our unique content to be available though the Catholic Research Resources Alliance’s portal,” said Dr. Laverna Saunders, University librarian.
Tom White, University archivist and curator of special collections, said the process will help safeguard the region’s Catholic history. The grant, awarded by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will allow patrons to access the information faster and easier than ever before from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
The Gumberg Library completed digitization of the issues published from 1844-1864 through a pilot project. The digitization is expected to continue this spring, ending with the Jan. 3, 1900, issue.