The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the completion of Phase I of its Digital Library Project. The Project, initiated in 1995, preserves significant Virginia archival and library collections and extends access to these collections to anyone with Internet access. The Project is available via the Library of Virginia Home Page (http://www.lva.lib.va.us/). Over 600,000 images were scanned, and 40 electronic finding aids were created to access the images as well as other materials in the Library's collection. The major components of Phase I are the Virginia Colonial Records Project, the U.S. Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection, the collection of family Bible records, and the Electronic Card Indexes Project (indexes to 36 separate archival and library collections).
The Virginia Colonial Records Project was established in the 1950s to survey and reconstitute Virginia's colonial documentary history located in more than 100 British and European repositories. The Library's bibliographic index contains references to more than 500,000 personal names and ship names found in 28,000 pages of Survey Reports which describe the archival holdings located in the various repositories. Links are provided from the index to the digitized images of the Survey Reports.
The U.S. Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection consists of 3,500 black and white photographs taken during World War II at the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation. Signal Corps photographers and port historians documented the enormous amount of activity which took place at this major military center.
The scanned images of the photographs are linked to a database that is keyword searchable by personal name, ship name, place name, and other terms.
For more information about the Digital Library Project, contact Elizabeth Roderick, Project Coordinator, The Library of Virginia, email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (804) 786-2975.
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