Digital Archives Update May 2020

Following a six-week hiatus due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Digitization Team spent much of May familiarizing with a remote workplace and reestablishing earlier momentum.

One particularly exciting milestone this month is the near completion of all social club minutes; the Dosey-Do and Olney Thimble Clubs are the only outstanding. Processing and publishing began for the Museum’s fantastic collection of local store ledgers dating from as early as 1819. Save for the store ledgers and remaining minutes, the bulk of our attention has moved toward more discrete items like letters, deeds, receipts, and the like. Particularly interesting are Jack Bentley’s letters sent to family while he served overseas during World War I.

The whole museum is busy brainstorming possibilities for remote archives programming with some interesting possibilities in the hopper.

Staff Picks from the Digital Archives

The Archives Digitization Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.