Recommendations of the State Librarian Concerning the Digitization of Military Records

Special Act No. 15-3, AN ACT CONCERNING THE DIGITIZATION OF MILITARY RECORDS, required the State Librarian, in consultation with the Adjutant General, to determine the feasibility of establishing a searchable electronic database for the purpose of providing public access to historic Connecticut military records. These records have significant value to veterans, their families, genealogists and military historians.  This report examines the types of historic documents and restrictions to personal information included in these documents; the time and various costs to process, scan and index every state military service related record in the State Archives and the Military Department; and the cost of maintaining a database over time. It concludes with a recommendation for a more cost effective alternative for providing better access to a portion of these important records. Recommendations of the State Librarian Digitization of Military Records

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