Many students seeking advanced degrees today benefit from digital archives, which allow them to access high-resolution, digital copies of primary sources, many of which are rare, delicate and difficult to access
With the rise of conversion services, that is largely no longer a problem. Students can type in keywords to find old records in databases. Historians fill such information troves with images of older records, so they are not lost, misplaced or destroyed, and can be enjoyed by everyone.
With this in mind, British Columbia’s Chilliwack Museum and Archives recently began an initiative to digitize the Chilliwack Progress, the newspaper reported. This way, all will be able to read old news stories and view public records that date back 100 years.
The Progress reported that numerous people have asked for the files to be placed online, while museum staff thinks that it’s necessary because the records are very important for historical purposes.
Many local communities are getting involved with preserving old volumes. For example, the Richmond Register reported that old issues of the collegiate newspaper at Eastern Kentucky University dated from 1922 to 1975 will be available online in March.
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