Many academic institutions, from libraries to colleges, are often interested in transferring written materials to online databases using conversion services. The benefits are numerous – this can help organizations preserve the primary documents from being ruined or lost, free up physical storage space and allow individuals from different locations to research the information.
With these advantages in mind, Hiram College recently began an initiative to to digitize documents that concerned President James Garfield, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. The newspaper noted that the collection will include handwritten memos written by Garfield, as well as pictures and other records. The documents were compiled when he was in office, as well as when he was the president of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, the former name of Hiram College.
Preservation is the main motivation of the project. College archivist Jennifer Morrow told the Journal that a number of the documents are fragile, so if they are not digitized they run the risk of being ruined. Moreover, the source said that the materials will be on public display through the consortium of Ohio's academic libraries and the State library.
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