Archives/Special Collections has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant for Digital Imaging from the Illinois State Library. The purpose of the $20,300 grant is to digitize taped audio interviews from the UIS Oral History Collection in order to make them more easily accessible to historical researchers and the general public. The project will also aid in the preservation of the audio interviews by making surrogate use copies available at the Illinois Digital Archives and also in digital storage at the UIS Archives.
The digitized files made from the tapes will be uploaded to IDA and associated with the oral history abstracts and digitized transcripts already available there. The transcripts were digitized using funds from an earlier LSTA grant in 2004, and are also available at the UIS Archives website.