Holy Harvest, Batman!

Thanks to the work of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, MidPointe Public Library, Kent State University, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and Dayton Metro Library, we’ve doubled our number of items in the Digital Public Library of America in just one harvest!

If you didn’t already know, digital items from libraries across Ohio get added to DPLA every few months by ‘harvesting’ their metadata and linking it up with DPLA’s site. Our Ohio Digital Network staff works with those libraries and DPLA staff to make sure everything works seamlessly for anyone on the site. And with this week’s harvest we’ve now got over 200,000 items from Ohio’s libraries and historical societies on DPLA.

Most of the new additions come from the Lucas County Auditor’s Real Property records from the 1930s up through the 1960s – over 90,000 black and white photographic images of houses and buildings all around the Toledo area. A great resource for both historians and genealogists, we are excited to share this resource with you. So go ahead and look up your grandma’s house to see what it used to look like!

Courtesy Toledo Lucas County Public Library

A second exciting collection for you to use is a scrapbook from the Woman’s Suffrage Association of Dayton and Montgomery County. These pages of newspaper clippings and other items document the struggle for equal representation in U.S. elections, regardless of gender. Fully ratified in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in the coming year, so this collection is very timely!