Digitization of Historical Collections
(c) Programs. $3,000,000 in 2010 and $4,750,000 in 2011 are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Through this funding, the Minnesota Historical Society is advancing the work of making collections information available online. The Society is photographing 3D objects in the collections and completing corresponding descriptions that will be published online, allowing web site visitors to access an increasing volume of historical information.
With more than 250,000 objects in the 3D collections alone, the Society is prioritizing efforts on objects that document popular topics appealing to History Day students and the general public.
Collections assistants are also scanning iconic Minnesota documents from the Society's manuscript collections, linking these images to the online inventory of library resources and creating blog entries and podcasts to showcase rare and unusual examples from the collections.