Six-Year Newspaper Cataloging Project Completed

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Work has been completed on a six-year project to catalog more than 3,500 newspaper titles published in all 77 Oklahoma counties during the past 150 years, officials announced Tuesday.

The cataloging is an important part of the Oklahoma Newspaper Project, which has been funded through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"The Oklahoma Newspaper Project is important to every newspaper publisher in the state," said Bob Blackburn, deputy executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. "It means researchers all over the country can utilize Oklahoma newspapers. "That goes back to the original reason the Oklahoma Historical Society was founded back in 1893 by the Oklahoma Press Association - - to preserve the history of Oklahoma as it was being recorded in newspapers all over the state." In addition to the titles cataloged, the Oklahoma Newspaper Project has identified another 518 titles published in the state. Project Director Mary Huffman said the researchers don't have copies of those other titles, "but we know they existed and when. …