The first thing that comes to mind when I mention “Memory Projects” is something I am fond of saying: “I have a mind like a steel sieve.” Yes, we could all use a good Memory Project, and today I’d like to share with you a great resource for western states research on the Library of Congress website.
It’s a list of digital resources by state —quite handy. Some states call their collections Memory Projects. They are collections of all kinds of great things digitized by museums, archives, and libraries. Montana, for example, has digitized historical photos, newspapers, letters, diaries, obituaries, early histories, maps, prison records, military enlistments, and much more.
At the end of the state-by-state index, there is also a list of multi-state collaborations I recommend. It includes links to excellent resources such as
- Digital Public Library of America
- Heritage West
- Mountain West Digital Library
- Northwest Digital Archives
- Rocky Mountain Digital Archive
The best way to access the list of state Memory Projects and other collections is to click here, otherwise you may never find it. It is buried several layers down on the LOC website.
Don’t forget to explore the Library of Congress “American Memory” collection for hours and hours of fun. Just click on the icon on the LOC homepage:
Let me know what fun things you find – don’t forget!