The Historical Society of Mendocino County (located in Ukiah, CA) is a nonprofit that has been collecting, preserving, and sharing the diverse history of Mendocino County in California since 1956. In 2016, we built an archive to house our growing collection consisting of nearly 1 million photographs, newspapers, documents, records, maps, and more. The collection is currently being archived from the ground up and part of this process is digitizing the collection.
Benefits of digitization:
1. Digital copies can be referenced for research and viewing. This prevents further handling of the original and prolongs its life. It will also streamline research and lower the cost to the public.
2. Digital copies of the collection can be stored off-site for an added layer of protection in case of natural disaster or system failure. We are located near the heart of some of California’s most devastating wildfires in the last few years.
3. Greater accessibility of our records to the public on-site in our research facility, and online through a collection database we will build on our website.
What we need to accomplish this project:
1. We are building a scanning station that is capable of taking high resolution scans of both large and small documents.
2. This project will require thousands of hours of scanning and data entry into our museum database. We are hoping to raise funds to staff this project.
What to expect:
This project will take many years and our online database will be the final step of this project. In the short term, each day that goes by will mean more items being digitally protected for our future generations.