Encoded finding aids will form the basis upon which the proposed digital repository can be built. A solid base of descriptive information will serve as the glue that holds the pieces together, assisting users in understanding the contents of the digital repository and in making connections between documents and/or collections.

The overall project will be ongoing; the current request is to fund the initial phase of the development of the digital archive (18 months).

Phase I--Building a Prototype Repository of Finding Aids

Phase II-Incorporate Digitized Collections into the Digital Repository

Phase III--Include Collection Materials from Other Museums, Libraries, and Archives