Iowa gets federal grant to digitize historic documents

WASHINGTON - APRIL 12, 2015: The Library of Congress in Washington. The library officially serves the U.S. Congress.

Des Moines, Iowa – RadioIowa – The State of Iowa is getting nearly 100-thousand dollars to scan thousands of paper documents with historical significance so they can be saved in digital form.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs director Mary Cownie says the grant money comes from the Library of Congress.

The digitized documents will be posted online, according to Cownie.

A separate federal grant of nearly 300-thousand dollars has aimed at digitizing stacks and stacks of Iowa newspapers, some of which date back to the 1800s.

Cownie’s department has used some of that grant money to convert documents and photos about National Register of Historic Places sites in Iowa into digital records. In addition, two state publications are being digitized, but most of the money in the “Chronicling America” project is to be used to establish a digital collection of historic newspapers.

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