A previous post about the Newberry’s partnership with CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) mentioned the CARLI Book Digitization Initiative which allows CARLI members an opportunity to digitize select items from their collection for access on the Internet Archive.
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1996. With contributions from traditional and digital libraries, it has grown to include texts, audio, moving images, software, and archived web pages. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Due to the Newberry’s participation in the CARLI initiative, the Internet Archive contains over 69 items from the Newberry’s collection. These include some books relating to Chicago ethnic groups, clubs, professional groups, and religious congregations. Some examples of items of interest to genealogists include:
- Irving Military Academy (Lake View, Ill.). Annual Catalogue of the Irving Military Academy (Formerly Immanuel Hall), Lake View, Illinois (Near Chicago). Chicago, Ill: The Academy, 1860.
- Olcott’s Land Values Blue Book of Chicago. Chicago: Geo. C. Olcott, 1921.
To date, CARLI contributions to the Internet Archive number over 7,945. Watch for a major new contribution from the Newberry which will be of great interest to anyone studying Chicago. We’ll be posting an announcement soon.