Project Information

Autobiographies and Reminiscences of Early Pioneers: 1900-1904: Digitization Project.

The Alice Phelan Sullivan Library was awarded an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant administered by the State Library from monies from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services in September of 2002 to digitize their collection of 153 reminiscences and 66 handwritten originals written by early members of The Society. The grant, funded for one year, enabled the Society to purchase scanning equipment, hire staff, and begin our first digitization project for the collections.

The project provides access to a collection of primary source materials in the Library’s institutional records, which are officially called “Autobiographies and Reminiscences of Pioneers.” In the past these Reminiscences, as well as other institutional records, have been frequently requested by a wide variety of researchers. Many patrons had already completed extensive research on their subject, and then found additional biographical information in these accounts. The database will enable a more efficient searching of the documents, and the catalog record in OCLC, a worldwide database, will make the documents more widely accessible to the general public.

>> Digitization Manual (PDF)

Project Staff

Patricia Keats
Project Manager

Pauline Wolstencroft
Library Technician/Scanning and Photoshop Technician

Rights and Reproductions
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