As vast as the Internet is, it seems that we are not “there” yet concerning access to all of America’s history and humanities via the Internet. There is plenty of federal grant money being allocated toward the push to accelerate the digitization of American historical information and humanities. These grants are designed to make more of this information, our heritage, accessible to the public.
Agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Archives and Records Administration are pushing for the digitizing of historical documents, newspapers, family histories, battle maps, photographs, and the like. Federal grants also focus on the need to digitize artifacts, sound recordings, artwork, and out-of-print books.
Digitizing America’s heritage is a trend that will continue to be popular until it is available to all to enjoy.
Action steps you can take today
Visit both of the sites mentioned to see what is currently being offered regarding digitization and preservation grants: