UNC Charlotte Atkins Library was awarded a grant to continue a large-scale digitization project. Living Charlotte: The Postwar Development of a New South City, 1944-1987 will provide free, online access to many materials found in the UNC Charlotte Special Collections and other local library collections. Some of the digitized content and more information about the project are now available at the Living Charlotte website.
Partnering with Johnson C. Smith University’s James B. Duke Memorial Library and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Atkins Library is leading a project to digitize oral history recordings; bound print materials; and pages/images of manuscript materials, including photographs and oversized items such as maps, aerial photographs and scrapbooks. The objective is to make accessible to researchers and the general public materials documenting the enormous economic and social changes in the Charlotte region from approximately 1944 to 1987. This era was chosen for the project because of the rich collections held by Atkins and its partner institutions representing this time of unprecedented and interrelated economic, political, and social change. Digital surrogates and high quality, shareable, standards-compliant metadata will be made available through UNC Charlotte’s Digital Collections at Atkins Library and shared with aggregators including the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).