University Libraries

Strategic Digitization Program -- Current Projects

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.

In-progress

  • Local Book Digitization Pilot Project
    The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks to digitize upwards of 1,500 volumes from its general collections. These volumes represent areas of particular collection strength for the libraries and as such, we seek the opportunity to share these works more broadly to users. Materials will be paper-based, primarily textual materials such as books, pamphlets, and other bound volumes from the University's circulating and closed stacks collections. All materials within the scope of this project were published prior to 1923.

  • Ames Library of South Asia Maps
    This project would highlight a truly unique collection of maps -- those received from the Ames Library of South Asia. These maps were collected by Charles Ames during his travels in Asia over a period of 50 years. These maps are also of great historical value, as they date between 1540 and 1963.

    Department: John R. Borchert Map Library
    Project Sponsor: Ryan Mattke

  • Theses & Dissertations in the University Archives, pre-1923
    This project is the first step in a multiphase project to identify dissertations and theses in the University Archives collections that are within the public domain and thus may be digitized and placed in the institutional repository, the University Digital Conservancy, without the need of a signed deposit agreement. The first phase as described in this proposal will be to digitize all pre-1923 theses and dissertations published at the University of Minnesota from 1887 through 1922.

    Department: University Archives
    Project Sponsor: Erik Moore

  • IHRC Archives Fragile Newspapers
    The IHRCA are in desperate need of having our fragile newspaper section digitized to provide access to on-site and off-site researchers before they decay irreversibly. There are approximately 180 titles in 134 newspaper boxes. The majority of the newspapers are in languages like Italian, Ukrainian, Polish, Hungarian, Latvian, Slovak, Russian and Finnish.

    Department: Immigration History Research Center Archives
    Project Sponsor: Sara Wakefield

  • Records of the YWCA of Minneapolis
    Project would scan selected scrapbooks, minutes, photographs and program files from the YWCA of Minneapolis Records.

    Department: Social Welfare History Archive
    Project Sponsor: Linnea Anderson

  • GAZE Magazine and TV show
    This project would digitize a 10 year run of a local GLBT newspaper and several years worth of the companion television show.

    Department: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies
    Project Sponsor: Lisa Vecoli

  • Minnesota Extension Newsletters, Part 2
    An additional eleven journal titles will be digitized and added to this collections of newsletters.

    Department: Magrath Library
    Project Sponsor: Marlys McGuire

  • Agricultural Economics Papers
    An ongoing digitization project, this round will see the addition of four addition universities whose working papers are not currently in AgEcon Search

    Department: AgEcon Search
    Project Sponsor: Julie Kelly

  • Atlantic World
    This project begins the creation of a much larger digital archive of materials related to the early modern Atlantic World.The initial digitization project contains ten titles.

    Department: James Ford Bell Library
    Project Sponsor: Maggie Ragnow

Approved

  • Bound Maps
    This project will digitize a unique collection of materials that are otherwise not very accessible. Bound maps are maps that are dissected, mounted on cloth, and bound within covers. As such, they tend to be quite large when unfolded and, therefore, not not as usable as other maps.

    Department: Borchert Map Library
    Project Sponsor: Ryan Mattke

  • Rare Atlases
    This project would digitize a 19 rare atlases from our collection that are otherwise not very accessible.

    Department: Borchert Map Library
    Project Sponsor: Ryan Mattke

  • YMCA International Work in Palestine/Israel
    YMCA International Work in Palestine/Israel, 21 cubic feet (27 boxes); 1885, 1905-2003 (bulk 1920-1999)

    Department: Kautz Family YMCA Archives
    Project Sponsor: Lara Friedman Shedlov

  • Stock Plan Books
    The collection in the Northwest Architectural Archives covers an incredibly diverse variety of publishers, styles and eras. We have selected titles that represent this diversity and have included all qualifying volumes (by date) that were published by local (MN) architects, authors or companies. A total of 70 volumes have been included in this project.

    Department: Northwest Architectural Archives
    Project Sponsor: Barb Bezat

  • 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

  • Control Data Corporation Audio, Film and Video
    This project will support the digitization of a large portion of the rich media collection of the Control Data Corporation.

    Department: Charles Babbage Institute
    Project Sponsor: Arvid Nelson

  • Minnesota City Atlases
    This will round out our digitized collection of city atlases for Minnesota. A previous project digitized all pre-1923 city atlases. These three atlases are dated 1924 (Duluth), 1928 (St. Paul) and 1940 (Minneapolis).

    Department: Borchert Map Library
    Project Sponsor: Ryan Mattke

  • Rare European Atlases
    This project will digitize rare atlases from our collection that are otherwise not very accessible. Atlases cover England, France, Spain, Germany, and Sweden. The thematic content includes overview maps, historical maps, and city maps.


    Department: Borchert Map Library
    Project Sponsor: Ryan Mattke

  • Minnesota Historical Transportation Maps
    This project highlights the beginnings and expansion of transportation options in Minnesota. Maps included date between 1854 and 1947. This project includes railroad maps, trunk highway maps, trunk highway condition maps, and federal aid highway progress maps.

    Department: Borchert Map Library
    Project Sponsor: Ryan Mattke

  • Minnesota Highway Atlas 1936
    This project highlights a unique cartographic resource -- a complete set of Minnesota County Highway maps from 1936.

    Department: Borchert Map Library
    Project Sponsor: Ryan Mattke

  • Digitization of a variety of research materials on Mountain Plovers
    Digitization of research materials related to the Mountain Plovers. The research materials are in a variety of formats including slides, film, and photos as well as field notes and data in print. They cover habitat, vocalizations, behaviors and other details.

    Department: AgEcon Search
    Project Sponsor: Julie Kelly

  • Don Harley Papers – Automotive Drawings(Pending Rights Review)
    The Don Harley papers are a unique collection of innovative, forward thinking inventions. This project would focus on the automotive section of this collection; approximately 400 drawings.

    Department: Northwest Architectural Archives
    Project Sponsor: Cheryll Fong

  • University Grove Plans – Architectural Drawings(Pending Rights Review)
    The University Grove Plans collection is comprised of approximately 100 plan sets for the residential area known as University Grove in Falcon Heights. The houses were designed by well-known Twin Cities architects, most of whose papers are housed in NAA.

    Department: Northwest Architectural Archives
    Project Sponsor: Cheryll Fong

  • William French Furniture Company Collection – Stock Drawings(Pending Rights Review)
    he stock series in the William French Furniture Company Collection are drawings on oversized architectural sheets that provide both the design and the measurements for the furnishings created by the company from 1924-1931.

    Department: Northwest Architectural Archives
    Project Sponsor: Cheryll Fong

Completed