[NWDigitalProjects] New-ish digital collections from Washington Rural Heritage

Robb, Evan evan.robb at sos.wa.gov
Wed Jan 13 17:20:51 PST 2016

Greetings NW Digital Collections folks.

I just wanted to share a few highlights from the digital collections completed in 2015 for the Washington Rural Heritage Program. Seven libraries worked on LSTA-grant-funded projects last year, but these three were brand new to the digitization process.

1.       The Colville National Forest Collection was a  collaborative project involving Libraries of Stevens County and Colville National Forest. Comprised of photographs, documents, and maps from the Heritage Department at the Forest Service Headquarters in Colville, WA, this digital collection provides public access to materials documenting natural resource management throughout Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry, and Okanogan Counties in Northeast Washington State. Of particular significance are historic photographs from the early 1900s through the 1950s featuring the activities of timber survey crews, firefighting crews, forest rangers, fire lookout staff, and fire lookout towers.
Collection URL: http://www.washingtonruralheritage.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/r6cnf
*Map feature created using StoryMapJS, from Knight Labs, Northwestern University

2.       The Nesset Family Farm Collection tells the story of a Norwegian immigrant homesteaders who settled on the South Fork Nooksack River in 1902, and for decades worked to coax a living from the land, raise five children, and run a small dairy. In the meantime, they documented the many pleasures of settler life in Northwest Washington State, including hiking and skiing on Mount Baker, and fishing on the Nooksack River.

Collection URL: http://www.washingtonruralheritage.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/mtbaker

*Timeline feature created using TimelineJS, also from Knight Labs, Northwestern University

3.       The Medical Lake Library (Spokane County Library District) and the Medical Lake Historical Society collaborated to create the Medical Lake Heritage Collection. Medical Lake, Washington enjoyed a brief but noteworthy history as a destination health resort in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The high mineral content of the lake was lauded for its curative properties. A bustling enterprise developed around the purported medicinal value of the lake. Visitors took advantage of several hotels, a lakeside resort, and a sanitarium that pumped lake water directly into its baths. In addition, the lakes' minerals were extracted and subsequently sold throughout the United States in the form of salts, tablets, soap, an ointment, and even a porous plaster.

Collection URL: http://www.washingtonruralheritage.org/cdm/about/collection/medicallake

These three collections are the first in our repository to incorporate rights statements specified in the recent white paper, Recommendations for Standardized International Rights Statements<http://rightsstatements.org/files/151002recommendations_for_standardized_international_rights_statements.pdf> from the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana, et al. (Rightsstatements.org). Work in ongoing to incorporate those statements throughout the repository.

Seven other libraries are currently working on this year's WRH grants, and a new grant cycle is slated to be announced soon.

Thanks for looking!

Evan Robb
Digital Repository Librarian
Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State
(360) 704-5228

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