January 25, 2022

New Hampshire Historical Society Creates Digitized Database, Now Available Online

From the Associated Press:

The New Hampshire Historical Society has a new digitized database of 23,000 museum objects online.


The collection represents just a fraction of the society’s entire physical offerings, which include thousands of objects, photos and manuscripts.

From the Concord Monitor:

The objects still need to be organized, but they’re up and easily searchable now. Each item has text and other curatorial information – where it came from, how it was acquired – and links to related material.

For example, type “maple syrup” into the site’s search engine and you’ll see a poster of a scrawny young boy lying in a field next to chickens and baskets of vegetables. “Chippa Granite says: Buy New Hampshire products,” it reads.


Uploading the objects has taken hundreds of hours. Each entry has to not only be scanned or photographed but also cataloged in detail and assigned keywords to make it searchable.

One of the hardest parts of the process has been tidying up the records the society has amassed over the decades.

“Everything has to be standardized for digital record,” [Executive Director Bill] Dunlap said. “In the old days, an index card maybe had the state spelled out as ‘New Hampshire’ or ‘NH’ or ‘N. Hampshire.’ Sounds trivial, but if it’s spelled differently now, it won’t fit into a digital catalogue.”

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