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Danish West Indies First Citizen-Owned Newspaper Now Digitalized and Online

Over 3,000 pages of David Hamilton Jackson’s The Herald, which is the first citizen-owned and -operated newspaper in the Danish West Indies, have been digitized and are freely available online to researchers everywhere, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). The Territorial Archives, a unit of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands, is participating in a Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLoC) project to digitize and make freely accessible online issues of The Herald at http://www.dloc.com/cndl.
“DPNR’s newspaper and documentary digitization projects will significantly complement the annual public library programs already developed by the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums throughout the Territory to celebrate and recognize David Hamilton Jackson Month each November,” said Commissioner Dawn L. Henry.
The digitization project includes issues spanning the entire publication run of 1915 to 1925, and it is funded by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP). Some of the digitized images of The Herald will be provided from the considerable newspaper holdings of the Territorial Archives. Others are being scanned from CRL’s own microfilm collections, with supplemental images provided from collections in other repositories.
The Territorial Archives’ participation in the DLoC project is just one facet of activities being undertaken by DPNR to preserve the legacy of D. Hamilton Jackson. DPNR is also creating a compendium of historically significant documents by and about Jackson for free, online public access in the coming months.
Information on accessing these and other U.S. Virgin Islands history research resources is available at all Virgin Islands Public Libraries and through Susan Lugo, territorial archivist, at 774-0630 (e-mail: susan.lugo@dpnr.vi.gov) or Ingrid Bough, Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums, at 773-5715. Visit the Division’s Web site: www.virginislandspubliclibraries.org

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