Recorder, other documents going digital at WFU
    November 29 2010 by wire report

    In ongoing cooperation with the Biblical Recorder and other religious organizations, the North Carolina religious archives are being completely digitized at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.

    With the help of a $75,000 grant, religious scholars and historians will soon gain easier access to the complete archives of the Biblical Recorder, which is the most requested item in the university’s Reynolds Library archives. 

    The newspaper has been published continuously since 1833, and Wake Forest has the most extensive collection of the publication outside of the Recorder offices.

    “It’s an important research tool not only for documentation of North Carolina Baptist history but North Carolina cultural history,” said Megan Mulder, special collections librarian. “It’s very valuable to church historians, genealogists and anyone interested in the history of North Carolina.” 

    The digitization project is being funded by the North Carolina Exploring Cultural Heritage Online’s (NC Echo) Digitization Program.

    Other significant historical records will also be digitized in the near future. Wake Forest also received a second NC Echo grant for planning associated with the digitization of other collections of North Carolina religious material. Partners in the project include Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

    “This grant will allow us to determine the priorities for digitization. There’s a lot of material out there, and we want to assess which ones are most important for researchers,” Mulder said.

    Candidates for digitization include monographs, association minutes and church records.  “Our North Carolina Baptist collection is very extensive,” she said. 
    11/29/2010 6:56:00 AM by wire report | with 0 comments

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