Colorado Digitization Program (CO); Valley of the Shadow (VA)

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   The Colorado Digitization Program will include Historical 
Newspapers--1.640,000 pages up to 1923.  It's using the same software (which I like) as the 
BROOKLYN EAGLE, the British Library Online Newspaper Archive, and the Missouri 
Newspapers Project.
   This is useful to check if "I'm from Missouri-Show Me" really started with 
Colorado miners in 1896.
   Nothing seems to be up yet, but here's the press release:
CDP Receives Grant to Create Colorado's Historical Newspaper Collection

Denver, CO, June 9, 2003 – The Colorado Digitization Program (CDP), Colorado 
State Library and Colorado Historical Society received a Library Services and 
Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $120,000 to begin the process of digitizing 
Colorado’s historic newspapers from 1859-1880. Initially forty-four newspapers 
representing more than 50,000 pages will be included in Colorado’s Historical 
Newspaper Collection. Through this project researchers, genealogists, students, 
teachers and those interested in Colorado history will be able to search for 
a wide range of topics, people and events as well as view full page images of 
these historic newspapers. “This project will provide our students and 
educators—and anyone who loves Colorado history—with an unparalleled view of Colorado
’s past,” commented Nancy Bolt, Colorado State Librarian. The Colorado 
Historical Newspaper Collection will be available on the Internet through CDP’s web 
site (<A HREF=""></A>) and the Colorado Virtual Library (<A HREF=""></A>). “
This project will allow scanning across all newspapers at one time, which is 
now not possible. With this project, faculty, researchers, and students will 
be able to do research efficiently, seeing history and social issues from new 
vantage points,” noted Nancy Allen, Dean of Libraries, University of Denver. 
This project will use Olive Software’s ActivePaper Archive™ that is 
specifically designed to handle historic newspapers (<A HREF=""></A>). 
Additional newspapers would be added to the Collection as funds are 
available. It is the intent of the project partners that Colorado’s Historical 
Newspaper Collection would eventually include papers through 1923, a total of 
1,640,000 pages. “If we can provide easy access to the information about the people 
who made Colorado what it is today, genealogists and historians will be very 
pleased,” commented Rebecca Lintz, Librarian, Colorado Historical Society. The 
Collection is being created from the microfilm collection held by the Colorado 
Historical Society. 
The Colorado Digitization Program, established in 1998, provides access to 
digital content from all corners of the state ensuring public access to the rich 
cultural heritage resources in Colorado’s libraries, archives, historical 
societies, and museums via the Internet. The CDP provides assistance to the 
cultural heritage community through best practice guidelines, workshops, and by 
encouraging collaborative partnerships. More information about CDP along with 
access to the Heritage Colorado database is available online at <A HREF=""> </A>or by e-mailing <A HREF="mailto:colodig at">colodig at</A>.
   The Virginia Center for Digital History's "Valley of the Shadow" project 
has gotten a little better, but I still haven't gotten anything out of it.  It 
explores two communities (Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, 
Pennsylvania) before, during, and after the Civil War.  Included are digitized 
newspapers, letters, and diaries.
   A digital record of Dolley Madison will soon be added by VCDH.  She 
invented "ice cream," you know.  Or maybe it was the hamburger.

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