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|Digitization project coming to Franklin Parish Library|
In a box under the bed or in a Tupperware container in the closet? Stuffed in a drawer or even up in the attic? Most everyone has some old family photographs or documents stuffed somewhere in their house. You may have a picture of great-grandpa Ernest plowing his cotton fields in the early 20's. Or, what about that letter written by one of your great-aunts describing her mercantile shop in Franklin Parish? Maybe even a diary or pictures of the flood which affected Franklin Parish in 1927. The possibilities of old photographs are endless.
These pictures and documents are priceless historical documents that need to be preserved for our future generations. The University of Louisiana at Monroe, along with parish libraries in northeast Louisiana have partnered together to save and share these relics.
ULM's Special Collections department received a grant in 2009 from the Louisiana Board of Regents to purchase equipment to digitize historic collections of interest to students and patrons at ULM. More than 300 photos that were taken by Griffin Studios of the 1932 flood were the first items to be digitized.
Currently, the Louisiana Digital Library has more than 84,000 digital materials about Louisiana's history, people, and places. By just a click of the mouse, anyone with a computer or visiting the Franklin Parish Library can look at the items by going to www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/index.php.
On April 22, 2010, Cyndi Robertson, ULM Special Collections Director will be coming to the Franklin Parish Library. The equipment used in this project will be available to scan and save digital images of photographs and manuscripts belonging to you.
The project is most interested in items from the late 1800's and early 1900's that show the following: home and family life, agriculture such as farming, schools, churches, baptisms, work and leisure activities, architecture and landmarks, transportation, fires, and natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes.
Parish residents who have historic items and willing to share them are encouraged to visit Franklin Parish Library on the 22nd of April between 1:30 and 4:00 to scan the images and record all the details about them. To keep the project moving, it will be of great help for individuals who bring photos and documents to identify the people in the picture with correct spelling of names and dates if possible. The more background or history of the image the better.
Your items will be scanned and handed back to you within minutes. Digital copies will be made for the ULM Special Collections while the originals will be returned to the owner. Share a piece of your Louisiana history heritage with our future generations. For more information, contact Janis Smith at the Franklin Parish Library, 435-4336, or ULM Special Collections Director Cyndy Robertson at 342-1054 or by email at, firstname.lastname@example.org.