This week we sent two boxes out to be scanned at Internet Archive's Boston digitization center. The boxes contain 13 volumes of notes on the lives and careers of Congregational pastors and will prove a great resource to genealogists, church historians, and other researchers. We are excited to be adding them to our collection and our obituary database. But that's not even the best part.
We have been digitizing things with Internet Archive for the past several years -- it's a great arrangement. Internet Archive's digitization prices are highly competitive, the scanning center is just a mile away (making delivery and pick up a breeze), and digitizing our collection items means people can access and use them without needing to visit Boston -- making a portion of our collection immediately accessible to anyone with a computer and internet connection.
Each catalog record contains a direct link to the digitized item on Internet Archive's webpage. Alternatively, You can view a list of 1,131 items we ourselves have contributed by visiting our contributor page on Internet Archive.
Internet Archive makes their text items available for online reading or download as PDF, full text, and EPUB and Kindle ebook formats for reading offline on your computer, eReader, tablet, or smart phone. They also make their online reader full-text searchable, enabling you to search an entire book for a single name, place, or word.
I encourage you to check out the rest of the items Internet Archive has to offer -- including audio and visual media. Between the many and varied contributors, it's a great resource both on Congregational history and on pretty much any other topic you can think of.