Digitising the past…

Terrific post on Boing Boing looking at how The Library of Congress is digitising historic documents:

Among the finds: tracings of an earlier document on a Marco Polo map that dates to 1480. Lost text, revealing the cartographer, on 1516’s Carta Marina. James Madison’s debate papers, it turns out, contain hidden revisions.

“If it’s fragile, even researchers have trouble with it,” France said.”I want to make it acessible.”

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  1. Jenny Lee on

    There are some interesting digitisation ventures going on in Australia as well, though they aren’t turning up works of the same antiquity. For example, I’ve been amusing myself the past few weeks reading the reports of the Literature Censorship Board in Australia, which have been digitised by the National Archives.


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