May 9, 2021

San Antonio, TX: New Online Database: Historical Election Results are Digitized

From the San Antonio Express-News:

Ever wonder who ran for mayor of San Antonio in, say, 1931, or how many people voted in that three-way election?

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Finding the answers to questions like those used to be an arduous task that began when someone would request from the city clerk specific information from a historical document.

Then the city’s record keepers would search for the document in a 60,000-square-foot warehouse — that’s larger than a football field — make copies or take photos of the document and then give the information to the requestor.

Now it’s a lot easier.

The clerk’s office has spent the last six months digitizing election results dating to 1856 and posting them in a searchable, online database. Because researchers have included descriptive information for each image, users can type keywords into a search engine to find what they’re looking for. The collection contains more than 4,500 images accessible to anyone with the Internet, City Clerk Leticia Vacek said.

The city’s digital collection can be found at www.sanantonio.gov/clerk/ArchiveSearch/

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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