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This collection contains examples of digitization projects, methods, and purposes. Interested in digitization? Wondering how it's done? Wondering WHY it's done? These resources can help.

Parliamentary Archives Take a look at the work undertaken by the small dedicated team responsible for digitising the Parliamentary Archives collection, a process that is increasing...
Civil War Widows' Pension Digitization Project at the National Archives - YouTube The National Archives holds 1.28 million case files of pension applications from family members of deceased Civil War Union soldiers. This Inside the Vaults ...
Vatican Library Digital Archiving Project - YouTube This is the story of the NTT DATA project and the digitization of the manuscripts in the Vatican Library. The overall project, began by the Library a few yea...
Stanford University Libraries' Digitization Labs - YouTube Take a video tour of the Stanford University Libraries' digitization labs - see how we digitize maps, books, manuscripts, born digital materials, and audio v...
Rare Material Digitization Learn how the New York Public Library (NYPL) uses Digital Transitions products to catalog their rare book collection to make it available freely to world.
Preservation and Access A look inside the digitization labs at the National Archives, where a dedicated team of technicians uses state-of-the-art technology to preserve the Archives...
Emily Dickinson Archive Emily Dickinson Archive makes high-resolution images of Dickinson’s surviving manuscripts available in open access, and provides readers with a website through which they can view images of manuscripts held in multiple libraries and archives. This first phase of the EDA includes images for the corpus of poems identified in The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Variorum Edition, edited by R. W. Franklin (Cambridge: Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1998).
Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts The Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition gathers together in the virtual space of the web some 1100 pages of fiction written in Jane Austen’s own hand. Through digital reunification, it is now possible to access, read, and compare high quality images of original manuscripts whose material forms are scattered around the world in libraries and private collections. Unlike the famous printed novels, all published in a short span between 1811 and 1818, these manuscripts trace Jane Austen’s development as a writer from childhood to the year of her death; that is, from 1787 (aged 11 or 12) to 1817 (aged 41). Not only do they provide a unique visual record of her imagination from her teenage experiments to her last unfinished writings, these pages represent one of the earliest collections of creative writings in the author’s hand to survive for a British novelist.
Polish American Pamphlets Since its establishment in 1986 the Connecticut Polish American Archives has collected many ephemeral publications that are placed in its vertical file. Materials include anniversary booklets, convention materials, programs of concerts, celebrations, reunions, dedications, dinners, balls, and testimonials. These publications may contain historical essays, photographs, and membership lists. A significant part of many of these pamphlets is devoted to advertisements by local businesses and prominent members of the community along with lists of contributors, donors, committee members, and congratulatory letters.
Codex Sinaiticus Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time.
National Archives The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.
Elizabeth Gaskell Collection The Library holds the world’s most important collection of literary manuscripts by Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), including the only complete manuscript of one of her novels (Wives and Daughters) and her celebrated biography of her friend Charlotte Brontë. Her archive also contains nearly 400 letters from notable figures – including Brontë, Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle, George Eliot, John Ruskin and many more – some of which were sent to Gaskell herself and some which she acquired for her own autograph collection. In addition there are artefacts (such as Gaskell’s inkstand) and famous portraits. Two related collections also contain significant Gaskelliana: the Jamison Family Archive, and the papers of Gaskell scholar and collector J.G. Sharps. Material from all of these collections has been digitised, along with some items which remain in the possession of Gaskell’s descendants. Together, these constitute an outstanding digital resource relating to Gaskell, her work and the circles in which she moved.
Emily Brontë collection This is a synthetic collection consisting of pictorial works, manuscripts, and correspondence about the author.
The Jim Henson Works Work was play, and he loved a good game. – Cheryl Henson In January 2005, The Jane Henson Foundation and The Jim Henson Legacy generously donated videos and funding to support the creation of what is now known as The Jim Henson Works at the University of Maryland. This collection makes available to UMD’s community of students, scholars, and visitors over 70 digital videos spanning 35 years of Henson’s groundbreaking work in television and film. These full-length videos are available for viewing at public computer stations in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, McKeldin Library, and Hornbake Library.
The Smithsonian Institution Archives' Collections | Smithsonian Institution Archives Access the official records of the Smithsonian Institution and learn about its history, key events, people, and research.
Digitization of the Kress Collection The National Gallery of Art (NGA), and specifically the Library’s department of image collections (DLI), has long enjoyed the generosity of Samuel H. Kress and his foundation. This department’s photographic archive, now one of the largest art historical photo collections in the world, was established by the Kress Foundation in 1970, and the Gallery itself was shaped by Kress’s seminal gifts, beginning in 1939. While the majority of his collection went to the National Gallery of Art, Kress also donated European art to 90 institutions in 33 states, making art accessible to areas formerly without such cultural resources.
Digitization as Preservation This LibGuide from the American Library Association offers resources to guide libraries in the provision of long-term access to the physical and intellectual contents of their collections through preservation and digitization. This guide provides a basic explanation of digitization and provides links to other resources as well.
Why don’t archivists digitize everything? The Peel Art Museum and Archives explains why archivists sometimes make the choice not to digitize.
Designing an archive digitisation project From planning a digitization project to delivery and all that's in between. The mission of Tate art galleries is to increase the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art.
Preservation and Selection for Digitization — NEDCC The Northeast Document Conservation Center specializes in paper and book conservation. NEDCC performs conservation treatment for photographs, books, prints, documents, maps, and globes. NEDCC’s professional conservators also treat architectural plans, parchment, papyrus, wallpaper, and works of art on paper including charcoal drawings and watercolor paintings. NEDCC performs digital imaging on rare, fragile, or oversize cultural heritage collections. The Audio Preservation department offers digitization of audio media using traditional and optical-scanning technologies. NEDCC serves libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and corporate archives. NEDCC offers preservation advice to family collectors, art collectors, book collectors. Preservation training is one of NEDCC’s strengths – workshops, webinars, and conferences are taught on caring for paper and book collections, digital curation, metadata, photograph care and identification, and multimedia, audio and video.


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