Monday, October 06, 2008

Web Guide: State Digital Resources: Memory Projects, Online Encyclopedias, Historical & Cultural Materials Collections

Christine Pruzin at the Library of Congress has compiled "State Digital Resources: Memory Projects, Online Encyclopedias, Historical & Cultural Materials Collections."
The Library of Congress American Memory project and other digital initiatives provide free access through the Internet to the treasures of the Library's collections that document America's history, culture, and creativity. Across the country, the archives, cultural institutions, museums, and libraries of many states are collaborating to create similar projects. They provide unprecedented access to materials that document local and regional growth and development as well as a look at the cultures and traditions that have made individual states and communities unique. The following is a compilation of state and regional digital projects and collaborations identified thus far. For each project, the primary institution or institutions overseeing the project are noted. The list will expand as new projects become available.
This is an amazing list! All 50 U.S. states are represented either with state/regional digital project or with multi-state collaborations. There is not an obvious entry for the District of Columbia, but I hope that they are "in here" perhaps as part of a collaboration.

For those who are what to know what is being done on a regional level, this list is a great place to start. For those who have regional projects, here is a place for them to get their projects listed and better known. And for students who need to find and review digitization programs in their classes, here is another list of programs to use.

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