Digitization Day at Cora J. Belden Library

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2017



Christine Pittsley
(860) 757-6517

 Robert Kinney
(860) 757-6668 


 Digitization Day at Cora J. Belden Library


 (Hartford, CT)- 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the United States entry into  World War One. In an effort to help preserve this significant part of our history, the Cora Belden Library will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One project to hold a Digitization Day. During the event, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we will be digitizing old photos, documents, mementos, and other objects related to the war at home and abroad.

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. area residents can bring in their photos, letters and other keepsakes to the Cora J. Belden Library, and have them photographed or scanned by staff. Reference librarian Lindsay Riordan said, “While our history textbooks are full of the great events of the First World War, it’s the personal letters and photos and artifacts that document the true impact of the war on our families and our community.”

Area residents and their family, friends, and neighbors are being asked to find World War One related items and stories that might be tucked away in drawers or trunks.  We welcome photos and keepsakes from around the world that will help us tell the stories of the men and women of Connecticut today. Digital images of these objects will be made available online and preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive. The only prerequisite for inclusion in this project is that participants are Connecticut residents and that items are related to World War One.

For more information about this event please contact Lindsay Riordan at (860)-258-7623 or Christine Pittsley at (860) 757-6517 or CTinWW1@ct.gov. To learn more about the Remembering World War One project or other upcoming events please visit http://ctinworldwar1.org/digitization-days/.

About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library. Visit the State Library at | https://ctstatelibrary.org | http://www.museumofcthistory.org/ | http://twitter.com/LibraryofCT | http://www.facebook.com/CTStateLibrary 

About the National Endowment For The Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.