The Digital Public Library of America opened yesterday on the web. In their own words they say that “the Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.”
The collection contains some books but a lot more pictures and pictures of museum items. There appears to be approximately 2.7 million items already available. Not bad for a first day. More items should be coming in the future.
DPLA doesn’t have anything in the collection of their own. Instead they have partner libraries which have made their collections available to DPLA. Mountain West Digital Library and the National Archives and Records Administration which account for over a million items. Other partner libraries are: Smithsonian Institution, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Kentucky Digital Library, Internet Archive, Digital Library of Georgia, David Rumsey Map Collection, Minnesota Digital Library, South Carolina Digital Library – University of South Carolina, Digital Commonwealth, South Carolina Digital Library – College of Charleston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New York Public Library, University of Virginia Library, ARTstor, Harvard Library and South Carolina Digital Library – Clemson.
Local things I found are: An Indictment of Susan B. Anthony for Illegal Voting, An Indictment of Susan B. Anthony for Illegal Voting, pictures of bottles of various Warner’s Safe Cures, pictures of old and new Kodak cameras and Stereoview of a G. A. R. Encampment parade (G.A.R. were Civil War vets). See what you can find at DPLA.