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Jul 06 2006

Special Collections: Digitization Grant

Media contact: Anna Dahlstein, (919) 513-0379

The NCSU Libraries has been awarded a grant of $75,000 to fund a second year of the project Green ‘N’ Growing: The History of Home Demonstration and 4-H Youth Development in North Carolina. The project has been digitizing thousands of unique images and textual documents, as well as creating a resource-based research and educational web site. Throughout the summer of 2006, the materials will gradually become available online.

During the first year, the project exceeded its goals, and staff scanned more than 7,100 photographs and pages of text and created near 3,500 searchable metadata records. Included has been the majority of 4-H and Home Demonstration photographs in NCSU’s University Archives, as well as pages from several pamphlets, flyers, brochures, programs, and other documents from the Archives. The original materials date from the 1910s to the 1970s.

In addition, a website is being developed to facilitate access and use of these historical materials. Essays on the history of 4-H and Home Demonstration in North Carolina have been written, and guides to archival holdings have been encoded.

During the second year of the project, an additional 10,000 pages of text will be scanned, and NCSU will partner with the North Carolina State Archives to digitize materials there. Included will be annual reports of the 4-H and Home Demonstration programs as well as booklets created from 1912 to 1915 by the first girls who participated in the Home Demonstration program. In addition, a small number of audio recordings will be digitized.

Funding for the second year of Green ‘N’ Growing is being made through a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the State Library of North Carolina’s NC ECHO program. By digitizing these materials, Green ‘N’ Growing is making more accessible valuable resources on the history of women, race relations, education, agriculture, and rural life. This project draws upon the NCSU Libraries’ expertise in developing content for online history resources, such as its History of Forestry website.