Many libraries in Massachusetts have historical resources of great value to their communities – books, photographs, manuscripts, posters, broadsides, postcards, and more. The Library for the Commonwealth at the Boston Public Library provides scanning and digitization of these materials free of charge, but they are often fragile and in need of conservation work before they can be digitized.
The Conserving & Digitizing Historical Resources LSTA grant helps libraries contract with institutions or individuals to perform this initial conservation work and, depending on the project, digitization as well. Digitized materials will then be available both to researchers in-house and through the Digital Commonwealth.
For more information, see the grant program fact sheet or contact Gregor Trinkaus-Randall.