Grants Awarded for New Collections on NYHeritage

Claire Enkosky - April 24th, 2014

South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) has awarded two Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Grants to member organizations in support of digitization.

The first award, given to the Cortland County Historical Society, will provide $1,044 to digitize the Society's large collection of Brockway Company-related images currently in one of several formats (35 mm b&w and color film, 3X5 medium format negatives, 4x5 large format negatives). The entire collection totals more than 1,000 images.

You can see the first handful of Brockway images on New York Heritage already, including the image to the right.

According to CCHS Director Mindy Leisenring, “the Brockway Company produced trucks until 1977. Mack Truck, which had purchased the family-owned business in 1956, then closed the Cortland manufacturing facility, which had been a critical economic driver for the community. Its reputation had spread as trucks manufactured in Cortland were purchased by companies and municipalities worldwide. As such, the company’s archives, including the digital images this grant will make possible, is an important resource for studies investigating twentieth-century deindustrialization, globalization and workplace history.”

The second award, given to SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library in partnership with  the Delaware County Historical Association and the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, will provide $8,490 to initiate a pilot project to begin the digitization of historical materials of regional and statewide significance.  SUNY Oneonta is already an active participant on New York Heritage.  Their collection can be found here.  DCHA has already begun digitization, including the fantastic Bob Wyer photography collection, one of which is shown at the right.

According to Project Director Andy Perry, Head of Library Technology at Milne Library, “DCHA and GOHS both house unique primary source materials unavailable elsewhere. For example, the Sherwood collection, located in the DCHA archives, provides valuable insight into the daily lives of people in antebellum New York. Attorney Samuel Sherwood (1779-1862) was a U.S. Congressman (1813-1815) from Delhi, NY. The family moved to New York City in 1830 but continued to spend summers in Delhi. An example of the rich content included in this collection is the 1823 travel diary of Laura Sherwood. The diary describes people, scenery, accommodations, and villages as the Sherwood family travelled on horseback from Delhi to Canada.” In addition, this project will provide valuable experience for SUNY Oneonta students who may be considering future careers as archivists.