The Strategic Digitization Program's selection committee has supported funding the following projects. Digital Library Services staff are currently working with the project sponsors on establishing a timeline for digitization.


  • Music Library Historical Hymnal and Tune Book Collection
    This project will digitize the entire pre-1923 collection of historic hymnals and tune books.
    Department: Music Library
    Project Sponsor: Tim Maloney
  • William S. Cooper papers
    This project will digitize the complete personal and professional papers and research data of William Skinner Cooper, faculty member in the Department of Botany.
    Department: University Archives
    Project Sponsor: Erik Moore
  • Donald B. Lawrence papers
    This project will digitize the complete personal and professional papers and research data of Donald Buermann Lawrence, faculty member in the Department of Botany.
    Department: University Archives
    Project Sponsor: Erik Moore
  • Pre-modern East Asian History of Medicine Texts
    Digitization of 22 texts of pre-1800 Japanese and Chinese History of Medicine and Health titles.
    Department: Wangensteen Library
    Project Sponsor: Lois Hendrickson
  • Old Cap. Collier Periodicals
    Scanning of issues of Old Cap. Collier Library, a periodical published between 1883 and 1899 containing popular fiction detective stories.
    Department: Children's Literature Research Collection
    Project Sponsor: Caitlin Marineau
  • Itasca Research Papers
    Research papers relating to work done by researchers at the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories.
    Department: Magrath Library
    Project Sponsor: Julie Kelly


  • William O. Beeman Audio Recordings
    Audio recordings of interviews with singers and managers in Beeman's Opera theater in Germany and field recordings of his theater work in Iran.
    Department: Arts & Humanities
    Project Sponsor: Nancy Herther
  • CURA Publications
    2,200 publications produced by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota
    Department: University Archives
    Project Sponsor: Erik Moore
  • Minnesota Animal Nutrition Conference (title varies)
    60th (1999) - 73rd (2012) conference proceedings. Proceeding is sponsored by Extension Service and CFANS, Dept. of Animal Science.
    Department: Magrath Library Project Sponsor: Marlys McGuire
  • Project Girl Research Data Cards Scanning (pending review)
    Scanning an estimated 15,000-17,000 "McBee" format research data cards recording information on the lives of adolescent girls in the early 1970s. The scanning would be part of a project to have these cards crowd transcribed to build a database that would allow researchers to reuse this valuable data.
    Department: Social Welfare History Archives
    Project Sponsor: Linnea Andersen
  • Student Union Minutes, 1920-2015
    This project will digitize approximately 100 volumes of minutes of the Student Union Board for the University of Minnesota.
    Department: University Archives
    Project Sponsor: Erik Moore
  • Music and Manuscripts: Bill Holm's Literary Life
    This project will increase access to the manuscripts and music composition notebooks of Minnesota writer and musician Bill Holm (1943-2009). The project will build on the work of the Upper Midwest Literary Archives’ 2017-2018 grant project Prairie Poets and Press: Literary Lives of the Upper Midwest, aimed at increasing access to literary manuscripts collections through outreach, arrangement, and description.
    Department: Upper Midwest Literary Archives
    Project Sponsor: Carissa Hansen
  • Theaterwork journal and The Gathering Post newspaper
    Theaterwork is a journal that began in the 1980s in St Peter, MN. It emerged from the Cherry Creek Theatre group, which organized in the 1970s along with the founding of the El Teatro Laboratorio. The Gathering Post was a newspaper also begun in St Peter. Both titles are representative of iconic grassroots publications that contribute to the discourse on community, theater, and social change.
    Department: Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
    Project Sponsor: Deborah Ultan
  • Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI)
    The Flora and Fauna Illustrata (FFI) is a joint Minnesota Landscape Arboretum-Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL) project. The mission is to build a collection of fine art depicting the plant and animal species that occur at the Arboretum. Artists contribute artwork that is juried into the collection.
    Department: Andersen Horticultural Library
    Project Sponsor: Kathy Allen
  • Wangensteen photo albums and texts
    Digitization of 5 'titles' contained in 7 items (6 "albums" and one 'text') containing original photographs from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine (WHL) collections.
    Project Sponsor: Lois Hendrickson