In December 2019, we completed a yearlong project to digitize the library’s collections on one of Indiana’s icons. The purpose of the Madam C.J. Walker Digitization Project was to digitize and catalog 40,000 documents, photographs and artifacts from the library’s Walker collections and make them available online. We assigned a special digitization team to complete this project with a project coordinator, scanning technicians and a metadata cataloger.
In addition to overseeing the grant, the project coordinator was responsible for selecting Walker collection items for digitization. Materials with strong research interests received priority. If an item had condition issues, it was sent to IHS conservators for treatment. Some of these treatments included surface cleaning, page mending and mold removal.