From the Register-Mail:
Just in time for Railroad Days, Knox Collegeâ€™s Seymour Library has launched â€œRailroads in the Midwest,â€ an on-line digital collection of early documents and images.
The collection contains everything from high quality scans of 19th century photographs to PDFs of annual reports for long-defunct railroads, and is comprised of documents previously available in the libraryâ€™s archives.
As this marks the first time they will be in a centralized location, putting the collection online saves railroad fans a trip to the archives and the archivists a lot of legwork, said archivist Carley Robison, who along with Information Technologies Librarian Laurie Sauer put together the collection.
â€œRailroadsâ€ is the libraryâ€™s first digital project and uses technology available from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.
The railroad was chosen as the subject for a variety of reasons, some obvious, others not so.
â€œIt was a group decision. (Library Director) Jeff Douglas originally suggested the railroad because of the number of documents the college has on the railroad owing to our location,â€ Sauer said.