Library partners with Washington County Museum on digital library project

Ambitious project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Pacific University's Library and the Washington County Museum have received a grant of $107,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create a digital library of historic photographs illustrating the vibrant history and development of the county.  
The initial goal of the Washington County Digital Library is to make these historic images, physically housed in historical societies and libraries throughout the county, easily accessible to students, researchers and the public through a single unified online collection. 
The cooperative effort is led by Pacific and the Washington County Museum and also involves public libraries and cultural heritage organizations throughout the county as additional partners.  

 The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, and administered by the Oregon State Library.  

"This collaborative project gives us the opportunity to share the rich history we have in our Archives," said Pacific University Librarian Marita Kunkel.  "It also allows us to play a leadership role in helping cultural organizations throughout the County share and preserve their own unique and special collections. Partnering with Washington County Museum lets us each bring our respective strengths to this common and exciting goal."

Pacific and the Washington County Museum recently named Lindsey Prescott as the project manager to coordinate the development of the digital library. Prescott is a 2007 graduate of Pacific. In 2009, she completed master's degrees in history and in information science from the State University of New York, Albany. She has held internships at Seattle's Museum of Flight, the New York State Archives and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

To see the Library's other digital resources, visit CommonKnowledge

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Mar 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen ( on May 3, 2012 at 1:26 PM

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