Digital Archives Update October 2020

Implicit in a career involving museum collections is that discovery and wonder become part of your day-to-day experience; a tremendous privilege to be sure! One of the most delightful surprises of the digitization project has been seeing how our transcription volunteers are connecting with our historic collections in this very same way – a connection possible only through a kind of deep-dive into the material seldom afforded to the casual museum visitor.

As COVID-19 forces us out of our shared physical spaces, the transcription project offers a digital space in which people can make such a rewarding contribution. Recognizing this opportunity, the Olney 1st Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chose our project as their “Day to Serve” beneficiary. Undeterred by pandemic restrictions, this enterprising group’s commitment to finding a socially-distanced community service project led them to us and resulted in over 550 pages of transcription!! Wow, THANK YOU!

Participant feedback indicates an enjoyable and gratifying experience was had by all; we certainly hope they will each consider continuing to be a part of our project’s community and that other groups will consider us when seeking service opportunities during these unusual times.

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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.