By Rosalie Lack, CDL Digital Special Collections Director and Adrian Turner, CDL Data Consultant

Over 1,500 new digitized primary resources are now available in the CDL’s Calisphere and Online Archive of California (OAC) websites as of February 2008. The collections offer unique glimpses into California local history, and were assembled by a range of institutions throughout the state:

Digitization work was supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian, as part of the “California Local History Digital Resources Project” (LHDRP).

The LHDRP is a multi-year (2000-present) statewide program to provide persistent public access to local history digital resources. The project is a collaborative endeavor involving multiple supporting agencies, including the California State Library, Califa, and CDL. Over 55 public and academic libraries, historical societies, and archives have participated in the LHDRP, and approximately 18,000 images have been made publicly available for the long-term. For more information, see the LHDRP project website.