Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Minnesota Digital Library

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Project Overview

Recipient: Minnesota Digital Library

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) is a statewide, multi-institutional initiative to make the rich historical resources of the state’s public and academic libraries, archives, museums and historical societies available to the public via the web and to preserve the resources for future generations.

The MDL complements the public access to the book catalogs and indexes to the collections of these institutions currently provided by the MnLINK (Minnesota Library Information Network) Library Gateway and the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund-supported Minnesota Digital Library project is enabling the Minnesota Historical Society to work with key partners, including the University of Minnesota and Minitex, to create a repository for the permanent preservation of important historical materials converted to digital form.

The partner organizations are working with a consortium of universities involved in digital preservation to advance the technical, administrative and governance issues of this cooperative venture. This project is also enabling the Society and its partners to expand support for Minnesota Reflections, a web site developed and maintained by the MDL.

Since the funds have been allocated, the number of images and documents that are available on the site has increased by more than 75 percent to 58,000 from 33,000. These files, which can be accessed by the public at no cost, were contributed by more than 115 organizations across the state.

Project Details

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) is a statewide, multi-institutional initiative to make the rich historical resources of the state’s public and academic libraries, archives, museums and historical societies available to the public via the web.

Fund Availability:

07/01/2010 - 06/30/2011

Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (g), Digital Library

Appropriation Language
(g) Digital Library. $500,000 in 2010 is appropriated for a digital library project to preserve, digitize, and share Minnesota images, documents, and historic materials. The Minnesota Historical Society shall cooperate with the MINITEX system and shall jointly share this appropriation for these purposes.

Funding Amount: $500,000

Project Manager

Bob Horton
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-259-3240
robert.horton@mnhs.org

Subject: Education/Outreach History

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Quick Facts

Project Type: Statewide Programs

Recipient: Minnesota Digital Library

Funding Amount: $500,000

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Status: Ongoing

Appropriation Years: 2010 2011

Recipient Type: Non-Profit Business/Entity

Activity Type: Digitization/Online Information Access

Counties Impacted: Statewide

MN Senate District: All Districts

MN House District: All Districts

This site is updated regularly with descriptions and data related to Legacy projects funded through the Minnesota Historical Society by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).
Further information about the use and impact of all Legacy Funds can be found on the Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission's Minnesota's Legacy site.