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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Digital Public Library Adds Digital Maine
The Digital Public Library of America or DPLA announced the addition of Digital Maine to their collections. This brings the number of records online on the website to 18,666,818.

As is explained by the DPLA Blog post:
As we prepare to ring in a new year, we are pleased to share the collections of Digital Maine, which joins Oklahoma, Florida, Montana, Maryland, Michigan, and Illinois, as the seventh new partner whose collections have been added to DPLA in 2017. With Maine State Library at the helm, Digital Maine contributes state documents and records, dating back to the Revolutionary War, as well as materials from local libraries and historical societies across the state. 
You’ll find some “classic Maine” materials like rocky coastlines, cold weather, and lobster recipes, but also look for the materials that uniquely represent the state’s many small towns and local communities. For example, this collection of glass plate photographs documents the rural logging town of Monson at the turn of the twentieth century. Photographs and maps from Kittery, Maine’s Rice Public Library and other institutions record the happenings at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, which dates to 1800 and is the Navy’s oldest continually operating shipyard.
As noted, many other states have now linked their digital collections to the centralized searches of the DPLA. The website lists all of the DPLA partners. For genealogists, this is an excellent list of sources for additional information. Many of the records on the DPLA are genealogically valuable. I had heard that the digital Books collection on was to be added as a partner program, but I had not heard anything more since the original announcement.

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