|Tuxedo Park Library Unveils Digital Collections
Tuxedo Park, NY (July 11, 2006) - The Tuxedo Park Library is proud to announce the digitization and sharing of several historical collections for the first time ever on the Internet. As part of the Hudson River Valley Heritage cooperative (HRVH), historical materials from the Local History Collection have been digitized and are now accessible on the World Wide Web at www.hrvh.org.
Nearly 150 images from the Library's collection are available on the site currently, with several hundred more anticipated by the end of the year. Collections include a Militia Enrollment List from 1888-1917, Historical Images from the Sterling Mines, Atlases of Orange County, NY from 1875 and 1903, hundreds of historical photographs of the people and places of Tuxedo, historical maps, and ledgers of the Sterling Iron & Rail Company dating from the 1860s.
The Hudson River Valley Heritage is dedicated to creating and administering this unique resource for unlimited online access to the repository of historical materials in digital format about the Hudson River Valley Region. Spearheaded by the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (SENYLRC), this collaborative initiative between SENYLRC and libraries, historical societies and cultural institutions in the region will endure for generations, providing unparalleled access to a vast realm of historical artifacts.
The Tuxedo Park Library is currently one of 27 institutions in the Hudson Valley committed to identifying and archiving valuable artifacts and materials in their collection, and providing access to those materials via HRVH.
"This initiative with HRVH has allowed us an incredible opportunity to allow the public unprecedented access to our historical treasures," said Claudia Depkin, Director of the Tuxedo Park Library. "Prior to this project, patrons would need to come to the library and sort through these items, causing wear and tear on valuable and historic images. Now we enjoy the dual benefits of allowing researchers access at their convenience, 24 hours a day, and preserving our priceless originals. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to hire Hudson Microimaging to digitize these materials, helping us to realize this project much more quickly than if we done the digital work ourselves."
The digital collections of the Tuxedo Park Library and other participating institutions can be accessed via the HRVH website at www.hrvh.org.