JoAnne Deeken News

UT Library to Digitize Newspapers, Preserve History

It has been said that newspapers are a “first draft of history” but JoAnne Deeken, head of UT Knoxville Libraries’ Technical Services and Digital Access, believes — for Tennessee — “newspapers are history.” This is why she is thrilled UT Knoxville has received $325,165 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to work with the Tennessee State Library and Archives for the digitization of 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers, dating from 1836-1922, as part of the NEH’s National Digital Newspaper Program.