updated: 8/25/2011 1:07:36 PM

University Digitizes Hundreds of Documents

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A national program is helping Taylor University establish a massive online archive. Hundreds of alumni magazines, yearbooks and course catalogs have been digitized through the Sloan Foundation-supported LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative. The university's online collection includes yearbooks dating back to 1898.

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August 24, 2011

News Release

A nationwide grant has subsidized the scanning and digitization of hundreds of Taylor University alumni magazines, yearbooks and academic course catalogs for use in an online archive. In the coming months, more digitizing will be done.

The project is being accomplished with the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitation of documents and records feasible for libraries, schools and cultural institutions across the country.

Through the Collaborative’s partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned from cover- to-cover and in full color. Viewers can choose from a variety of formats, page through a book choosing a “read online” option, and/or download the PDF or search the full text version.

The growing collection can be viewed at www.archive.org/details/tayloruniversity. So far, the collection includes Taylor yearbooks (the oldest dating back to 1898), Taylor alumni magazines (the oldest dating back to 1963), and will soon include the academic course catalogs (the oldest from 1855, just nine years after the institution’s founding).

The alumni magazine includes hundreds of stories of alumni, students, faculty and staff members while the course catalogs provide a timeline of the growth of Taylor’s educational opportunities as well as a list of all students in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, which can provide information for genealogical researchers.

The Fort Wayne Alumni and Friends Resource Center is also contributing items to this project. Yearbooks, alumni magazines and academic catalogs from Taylor University Fort Wayne and its heritage institutions Fort Wayne Bible Training School, Fort Wayne Bible Institute, Fort Wayne Bible College and Summit Christian College will be digitally available.

Ashley Chu, Archives Coordinator, said members of the Taylor community and others will be able to view the publications and conduct research even if they are unable to visit the University Archives in person.

Additional items from the University’s history are expected to be digitized in the upcoming months.

Source: Taylor University

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