Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Article: The New York Public Library Digitizes Early American History

This digitization program at the New York Public Library will take 2 years and $1 million.  NYPL President Anthony Marx said:
Digitizing collections featuring hand-written documents from Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Mark Twain, among others, provides remarkable new opportunities for scholarly research, and creates new teaching applications for an international audience.
The one collection to be digitized includes 11,000 manuscripts from the Thomas Addis Emmet Collection. The other collection contains approximately 35,000 pages from the Berg Collection. Among the items are:
Mark Twain’s manuscripts of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and Following the Equator, and correspondence with such influential American icons as Andrew Carnegie, William Dean Howells, and Theodore Roosevelt
NYPL has seen some criticism and questions in recent days and so it is good to see the library do this.

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