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Microsearch Special Collection Services for Federal Libraries
Microsearch has digitized, indexed, and published multiple special document collections for the TASC Library, the official central Department of Transportation Library. These searchable collections are one of the most highly utilized Department of Transportation online publications, with hundreds of daily visitors. These online publications range from a detailed history of train accidents in America to Highway Accident Prevention strategies. A list of the digitized collections with links to the actual Special Collection Digital Library is available by clicking here.
Massachusetts State Library Services
The Massachusetts State Library (Feingold Library) has a number of important special collections that have been converted to electronic version and are now open to the public.
The Alexander Parris Digital Project
Alexander Parris (1780 – 1852) was one of the most prominent architect-engineers of Massachusetts in the first half of the nineteenth-century. The digital archive holds material pertaining to fifty projects spanning the years 1803 to 1851, from specifications for a Boston Customhouse to drawings of the Edward Preble House in Portland, Maine.
The Library chose Microsearch to digitize this collection and make it available to the public as a Digital Library.
Massachusetts Acts and Resolves, 1960 to 1996
Another important collection of books is an annual publication comprising the Acts and Resolutions of the Commonwealth Legislature. The Massachusetts Acts and Resolves State Library collection is a history of Legislative Acts and Resolves passed by the Legislature during the years of 1960 to 1996. Microsearch scanned, captured, and converted the electronic version these Acts and Resolves which are now accessible to government researchers who are preparing new legislative Acts and by lawyers interested in knowing the official wording of Acts that may apply to current issues. This collection is hosted by the state, is open to the Public, and may be viewed by clicking here.
As a public service, Microsearch has created a Digital Library that contains the entire collection of the Massachusetts Acts and Resolves, from 1692 through 2010. This is the only known complete searchable collection of the Massachusetts Acts and Resolves, where a single search will include the entire 408 years of Acts and Resolves legislative history. This collection is currently open to the public, and may be viewed by clicking here.
Another important collection is the Zimmer Index, a collection of newspaper article reference cards from the 1700s and 1800s. Compiled by librarians at the State Library in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Zimmer Index covers newspaper articles of interest to legislators and citizens of the Commonwealth. This resource indexes newspapers from Boston and the surrounding area from 1878 to 1937.
The Library hired Microsearch to digitize this collection and make it available to the public as a searchable, online collection. The collection resides as an electronic collection within a Digital Library, and may be viewed by clicking here.
Massachusetts Local Libraries
Microsearch Corporation currently provides digitization and publishing for library special collections. Each Digital Library is full text and meta-data searchable. Archival copies of all image files are provided to the client on portable media as the client requests and new sites are hosted on Microsearch servers. This solution enables Microsearch to provide our clients with a complete paper to web solution with no need to invest in hardware or software. Numerous Digital Library examples are available on the Internet including several for the Boston Library community. Digital Libraries that are currently open to the public include:
Admiral Bates Papers
Acton Memorial Library Special Collection
Boston Athenaeum African Americana – Collaboration Project
Boston Athenaeum Pictorial Sheet Music Covers – Collaboration Project
Jones Library Online Photograph collection
Sturgis Library – Preserving Memory Database
Please contact Chuck Kelly for further information about these Library services and projects, or to determine the practicality of digitizing your own library collection.
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