Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

2004 Senate Legislative Tape Conversion Project

  • Project Overview
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Project Overview

Recipient: Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

779 audiotapes of Senate committee hearings were converted digital format, and a web page was created to access the online versions via the Legislative Web Site.  As a result, complete digital access of committee hearings and floor debates are available for both bodies back to 2004.  Important legislative debate is available to Internet users, regardless of the time of day or their locations.

Completion of the project and adding the digital files is first and foremost, a preservation success.  The alternative is that they would be eventually destroyed, or if not destroyed, slowly degraded in their audiocassette format.

Converting these audiocassettes ensures enduring access to primary legislative documents by anyone, anywhere.  In particular, completing this year of hearings for the Senate will improve access to full digital records for 2004.

The Legislative Reference Library has a continuing  commitment to storing the files and providing access through the Legislative Web Site.

Project Details

To digitize 817 audiocassettes of 2004 Senate Committee hearings to augment current digital content

Fund Availability:

02/12/2010 - 08/01/2010

Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants

Appropriation Language
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.

Funding Amount: $4,076

Project Manager

Robbie LaFleur

645 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

Subject: History

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Quick Facts

Project Type: Grants

Recipient: Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Funding Amount: $4,076

Appropriation Years: 2010

Activity Type: Grants/Contracts

Counties Impacted: Ramsey

MN Senate District: 65

MN House District: 65B

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