The Ellensburg Public Library now offers access to historical photographs, documents, art and ephemera from Kittitas County via Northwest Digital Heritage.
Northwest Digital Heritage (NWDH) is a collaborative effort by the Washington State Library, State Library of Oregon, and the Oregon Heritage Commission, providing an on-ramp to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)--a discovery portal for millions of cultural heritage items across the U.S. The DPLA brings together unique items held in our largest research institutions and our smallest local historical societies, and enhances them for innovative research and education.
According to Sara Jones, Washington State Librarian: “Our cultural heritage organizations have been digitizing archival and special collections for more than two decades, but many of these collections are dispersed across the internet, and can be hard to locate. This effort, in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America, will bring our historic treasures into one place and greatly improve their discovery and use by researchers and the general public.”
NWDH is kicking off its program with more than 86,000 records from 60+ institutions.
Records from the Northwest Digital Heritage hub can be viewed here: https://dp.la/search?partner=%22Northwest%20Digital%20Heritage%22
All records in DPLA link back to contributing institutions’ home digital collections and archives.