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Grant and Funding

The Free Library of Philadelphia received funding for the Centennial Exhibition Digital Collection (CEDC) in the form of a one-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The funding was specifically to provide access through cataloguing, digitization, and presentation on the World Wide Web of more than 1200 rare silver albumen photographs and related original materials documenting the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

The CEDC project objectives included:

  • to put in place and test policies and procedures to preserve the digital master files and assure timely migration of hardware and software
  • to provide electronic access to digital images for scholars and other researchers through a web-accessible database
  • to present a web site of images and narrative geared to students, educators, and the general public
  • to provide additional access by creating item-level catalog records for the Free Libraryís web-based catalog with links to the digital images and by offering collection-level MARC records to the OCLC and RLIN databases
  • to document the project and include project summary, methodology and evaluation as part of the web site. Library staff also will write articles and make presentations at professional meetings to share findings of the project.


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