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The Birds of America digitized by Library of Parliament

“In the 1820s, John James Audubon set out to illustrate every single species of bird in North America, ultimately creating large prints depicting more than 1,000 individual birds and more than 450 species.The Library of Parliament digitized its copy of The Birds of America, which are “by far the largest items in the library’s collection,” said Sonia Bebbington, the library’s director of knowledge management and preservationSo far, six images are available on the library’s Flickr account — with more to come.” (via CBC News)

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Providence library offers free photos of state’s history

“The Providence Public Library has added thousands of photographs chronicling Rhode Island’s history to its digital library, making them available to the public for free.The Rhode Island photograph collection features more than 6,500 photographs of people, places and events from across the state from the mid-19th century through the 20th century.” (via (AP)

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UNLV University Libraries receives NEH grant to continue newspaper preservation project

“The University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries has been awarded a $210,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue work on a project to digitize historical Nevada newspapers. The two-year grant is a continuation of funding for the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project, an extension of the National Digital Newspaper Program sponsored by NEH and the Library of Congress.” (via KTNV)

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New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories

“New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories, 1786 through 1922/3, serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal. The first batch—1849/50 through 1923—have already been scanned, and the 1786–1848/9 directories are right now being scanned. The whole collection will be going online over the coming months. Staff at NYPL are currently teaching computers to read the wobbly typeset, to interpret the strange abbreviations, and the occasionally slightly less than geometric layout of the directories to make the old print text machine readable. The goal is to make the directories text searchable in powerful new ways, in order to build datasets that will inform research in New York City history, genealogy, and beyond. More technical posts on this work will follow.”(via The New York Public Library)

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Afghan Officials Receive Digitized Cultural Treasures

“The Library of Congress has completed a three-year project, financed by Carnegie Corporation of New York, to digitize holdings of the Library of Congress relating to the culture and history of Afghanistan, for use by that nation’s cultural and educational institutions.Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, joined by Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian, presented hard drives containing more than 163,000 pages of documents to the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture, Abdul Bari Jahani, and to Abdul Wahid Wafa, Executive Director of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.” (via Library of Congress)

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