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UVU Facilitates Gathering Of Historical Materials For Future Research

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August 21, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Megan Laurie

Utah Valley University Library is partnering with other libraries in Utah, Nevada and Southern Idaho to help create an online collection of original pioneer-era manuscripts. “Pioneers in Your Attic: Preserving the Legacy of the Overland Migration” is a regional legacy digital project sponsored by the Utah Academic Library Consortium and the Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) in partnership with local libraries and museums. Project coordinators are attempting to locate, digitize and provide free worldwide access to privately owned letters, diaries, photographs and other materials from the 1842-1869 time period. They hope to discover these items from local citizens at several free scanning events throughout the area.

“This type of information and these materials are important to preserve, because they provide valuable historical documentation of a period of massive upheaval and change,” said Catherine McIntyre, UVU archivist and digitization librarian. “People were moving from the eastern United States toward the West in search of gold, religious freedom, new livelihoods and the belief that they could start over and create a new life. Any photos, diaries or journals, legal or business papers, or anything else from this time period that documents trail and camp life, transportation, encounters with native peoples, animals and plants, diseases, medicine, the gold rush, religion or politics and government will tell us about what these people went through, what their lives were like, as well as teach us more about an important historical epoch in our country’s history.”

McIntyre added that they are looking for materials that document the lives and viewpoints of traditionally under-represented populations in American history such as women, children, Native Americans and other ethnic minorities.

All original materials will be scanned on-site and given back to the owner. A digital copy will be sent to the owner, and selected materials will be uploaded to the MWDL website. These freely available materials will be available to anyone conducting research on the time period as well as family history and genealogy pursuits.

Anyone interested in submitting materials can attend one of the following free scanning events:

Sept. 14: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove City Library

Sept. 19: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wasatch County Library (Heber City, UT)

Oct. 8: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Orem Public Library

Oct. 19: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Springville Public Library

To schedule an appointment or obtain more information about these events, contact Catherine McIntyre at 801-863-8821 or mcintyca@uvu.edu. Appointments are encouraged, but a limited number of walk-ins will be accommodated as scheduling allows. Appointments and walk-ins are also welcome at the UVU Library’s Sutherland Archives, LI 302, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more project information, visit mwdl.org/portals/pioneers.php.

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