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Family Bible records as genealogical resources
February 19, 2015

Family Bible records as genealogical resources

Interested in using DPLA to do family research, but aren’t sure where to start? Consider the family Bible. There are two large family Bible collections in DPLA—over 2,100 (transcribed) from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, and another 90 from the South Carolina Digital Library. They’re filled with rich information about family connections and provide insight into how people of the American South lived and died during the—mainly—18th and 19th centuries.

New Uses for Old Advertising
November 19, 2014

New Uses for Old Advertising

Ted Hathaway is the Manager of  Special Collections, Preservation & Digitization at the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. HCL is a contributor to the Minnesota Digital Library, which partners with DPLA as a Service Hub.

Digitization efforts in the US have, to date, been overwhelmingly dominated by academic libraries, but public libraries are increasingly finding a niche by looking to their local collections as sources for original content. The Hennepin County Library has partnered with the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL)—and now the Digital Public Library of America—to bring thousands of items to the digital realm from its extensive holdings in the James K. Hosmer Special Collections Department. These items include maps, atlases, programs, annual reports, photographs, diaries, advertisements, and trade catalogs.

DPLA Brings National Attention to the Blue Earth County Historical Society
October 2, 2014

DPLA Brings National Attention to the Blue Earth County Historical Society

Heather Harren is the Education and Outreach Manager at the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato, Minnesota. The BECHS is a contributing institution to the Minnesota Digital Library, which partners with DPLA as a Service Hub.

Heather Harren, Education and Outreach Manager at the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato, MN, describes the national attention that has been brought to her organization through their participation as a contributor to the Minnesota Digital Library and DPLA.

“Summer Capital by the Sea”; The Atlantic Hotel (1880-1933)
June 10, 2014

“Summer Capital by the Sea”; The Atlantic Hotel (1880-1933)

This essay by Hilary K. Perez, Archivist, North Carolina Railroad Company, illustrates how resources from DPLA can support and enhance historical research.

This essay by Hilary K. Perez, Archivist, North Carolina Railroad Company, illustrates how resources from DPLA can support and enhance historical research.

Doing Local History, DPLA Style
May 19, 2014

Doing Local History, DPLA Style

Sarah Melton is the Digital Projects Coordinator at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and a PhD candidate at Emory's Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the fifth guest post in our Community Reps series which explores individual community reps and the work they are doing with DPLA.

Community Rep Sarah Melton explores Atlanta and its local history through DPLA.