Aug 8, 2023

Tacoma Public Library Secures Funding for Large-Scale Digitalization Project

The Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room‘s local history and archives center is launching a $200,000 digitization project to digitalize a photo archive of The News Tribune. Once completely digitized, it is estimated that more than 10,000 photographs will have been added to the Northwest Room’s online database.

The project, “Below the Fold: Revealing Hidden Stories Through Digitization of a Newspaper Photograph Archive,” is made possible through grant funding from the National Archives’ National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The collection of photos was transferred from the newspaper’s offices to the Northwest Room in 2020, and staff soon began digitizing the materials. Each item is processed, labeled and then made publicly accessible through the Northwest Room’s online database known as Northwest ORCA.

Some of the images, which cover a broad range of subjects, have appeared in the newspaper. However, there are also thousands of photos that have never been published, a release said. 

You can read more in an article by Antoinette Alexander published in the southsoundmag web site at: