Program To Digitize Personal Documents and Photos

By cmccune, posted on April 13th, 2011.
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Contribute To Ohio’s Civil War Story For Sesquicentennial

Kept in a drawer or a box in the closet, family keepsakes, such as tintypes, letters and personal records from the Civil War era are gathering dust and are in danger of deterioration and being misplaced, according to Angela O’Neal, director of Collections at the Ohio Historical Society. In an effort to preserve these items, the Ohio History Service Corps, a program of the Ohio Historical Society and AmeriCorps, will be digitizing these two-dimensional objects at no cost to the participant through July 30, 2011.

“We would like to invite Ohioans to contribute to the state’s Civil War story as a part of the sesquicentennial commemoration,” said O’Neal. This opportunity will allow individuals to add to Ohio’s collective knowledge, provide access to valuable history that would otherwise remain hidden, and help researchers and historians learn more about this transformative period in our nation’s past.


Carte de visite of Pvt. George Justice, who served with Company F of the 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. (Ohio Historical Society, Campus Martius Collection)

Digital images of these historic items will be included in the Ohio Memory Community Collection on, a collaborative digital library that includes 353 historical organizations, libraries and museums statewide. Also, for their participation in the program, individuals will receive a high quality, archival digital image of each of their scanned items.

Drawing from papers of Henry Otis Dwight, who served in the 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. (Ohio Historical Society Collections)

Items that will be considered for inclusion must be authentic, pertain to Ohio’s Civil War era history and be owned by the participant. Each item needs to be two-dimensional and not be over 60 inches at it’s largest dimension. There is a limit of five items to be scanned for each person.

Ohio History Service Corps members working on the project are located at regional locations around the state including Wood County Historical Center in Bowling Green, the Youngstown State University, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Southeast Regional Library System (SERLS) in Wellston and the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus.

To find out more information or to speak with your regional contact, visit

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