University of Iowa Special Collections Library to Digitize Its Civil War Collection

Greg Prickman, a University of Iowa Special Collections librarian, took an 800-year-old book out of a large box and placed it on a table.

Prior to now, students had to make a special trip to the Main Library to see the tome’s animal-skin pages, but with more than 400,000 pieces of the library’s archives digitized, students can access them online.

Now, library officials are pushing digitizing further, working on all of the 20,000 items in the Civil War collection in time for its sesquicentennial.

Read the full article in the Feb 1, 2011 edition of The Daily Iowan.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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