From the California State Library:
Governor Brown’s May Revision includes a major investment in the digital preservation of California’s cultural heritage and historically significant documents by both the State Library and State Archives.
The revised budget provides an increase of $663,000 to purchase emergency supplies, restore damaged books, and procure a vault to further protect the library’s collection. The proposal also provided an increase of $430,000 annually to support the California Newspaper Project at UC Riverside and $195,000 annually to preserve information on state websites four times each year and records collected by the State Archivist.
The California Newspaper Project has digitized over 19 million articles from California newspapers covering the period from August 1846 through the present. “As Secretary of State, I’ve made digitizing the treasures of the State Archives a priority,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said.
“The additional funding proposed by Governor Brown will help the State Library and our partners preserve our existing collections and keep them accessible for future generations,” said Greg Lucas, California’s state librarian. “This investment will make digitized historic collections available, as well as continuing to build the collection by assembling contemporary documents and websites.”
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