Kent Library Receives LSTA Digital Imaging Grant

Kent LibraryCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 13, 2012 — Special Collections and Archives in Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University has received a $73,139 grant for digitizing original Civil War materials held by libraries, historical agencies and private individuals from the region and across the country.  

Kent Library received the second largest digital imaging grant awarded by the Missouri State Library during this cycle of funding. This funding supports the second phase of a digital imaging project begun by Special Collections and Archives in July 2011.

The project is a collaborative effort between Kent Library, the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, the Center for Regional History, and the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University. The project is being funded by a digital imaging grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library and Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Materials identified during the first phase of the project, which ended July 16, include original letters, journals, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks and other ephemera from this period of history. The geographic scope of the project includes 23 counties in Missouri: Butler, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard, Washington, and, Wayne; and five counties in Illinois: Alexander, Jackson, Pulaski, Randolph and Union.

Once completed, the digital project will include more than 130 collections from 46 libraries, historical agencies and private individuals from the region and across the country. The collections will be accessible from two locations: a website via Kent Library, and, Missouri Digital Heritage. Project staff will begin making the collections accessible from the Kent Library site (http://library.semo.edu:2008/cdm/) beginning this September and will add to the collection as the project moves forward.

For more information, please contact Ellen Ryan, digital project manager, at (573) 651-2750 or via email at emryan@semo.edu.