October 20, 2014

Indiana: Historical Records Getting Modern Treatment

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From the Vincennes Sun Commercial:

The process to electronically preserve some of the earliest records of the state’s history are continuing at the Knox County Public Library’s McGrady-Brockman House, home to the Regional Genealogical/Historical Center.

“We have the most important, earliest records at the McGrady-Brockman House,” said Brian Spangle, historical collection administrator at the library. “Some of these records date all the way back to the 1790s.”

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“We’ve received four or five grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is administered by the Indiana State Library, within just the last few years,” he explained. “We’ve been digitizing the earliest records and files, and have put those online.”

The library, he said, has been working with the Indiana State University library to contribute to the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices digital memory project to provide cyber-housing for the files.

Files from the 1790s to the mid-1820s are searchable on their website at visions.indstate.edu.

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