By now most of our readers have read about the ongoing digitization project here at the Shelby County Museum & Archives, but many people still have questions about what the project actually involves. Being a visual person myself, I thought I would share some images that will bring the project to life. . .
We have three separate cabinets containing a total of 180 drawers. Within those drawers are 22,203 packets containing anywhere from one document up to several hundred documents.
As you can see, some of the packets are thin, containing a few documents each.
While other packets are thicker, such as this court case from 1889.
With the assistance of volunteers from the community and missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are making great progress.
But there are other thousands of loose documents housed at the museum, many of which are very fragile.
Each document is delicate, and requires careful handling. We have a scanner with protective sleeves that we use to capture document images. The documents pictured above date from 1826!
This project will be ongoing until the last document has been imaged. If you are interested in volunteering, please give us a call at 205-669-3912.