University of Florida: The University of Florida, University of Puerto Rico Libraries and the Digital Library of the Caribbean Receive Grant Award to Digitize Threatened Newspaper Microfilm of the Caribbean

University of Florida: The University of Florida, University of Puerto Rico Libraries and the Digital Library of the Caribbean Receive Grant Award to Digitize Threatened Newspaper Microfilm of the Caribbean. “This three year project totaling $434,124, Film on a Boat: Digitizing Historical Newspapers of the Caribbean, was one of 16 from a pool of 100 applicants and received the second highest awarded amount from the Council of Library and Information Resources, Digitizing Hidden Collection Program, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant award will support a continuing partnership between the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida and the University of Puerto Rico (UPR)-Rio Piedras Campus Libraries to digitize each institution’s unique, hidden holdings of Caribbean newspapers on master microfilm. The team, partners of the Digital Library of the Caribbean, will digitize and make freely available 800,000 pages of pre-1923 Caribbean newspapers.”