PA Digital has achieved many milestones in 2018.

On March 2, we held an orientation webinar, hosted by our newest PA Digital Team Member, Stefanie Ramsay! You can view the recording here.

We have had two harvests so far this year. Our March harvest saw the inclusion of the American Philosophical Society, Matthews Public Library, New Castle Public Library, Pottsville Free Public Library, Presbyterian Historical Society, and Reading Public Library. This harvest included 30 new collections and 40,595 digital objects (records).

PA Digital was well-represented at the DPLA Member Network Meeting in Atlanta. Myself and Stefanie Ramsay presented on the new K-12 outreach initiative, developing primary source sets, “Primary Source Set Sorcery.” View our slides here!

We also held a birds-of-a-feather panel at the Spring MARAC conference in Hershey, PA, “True Rights Statements Confessions” which include myself as chair, Doreva Belfiore, Gabe Galson, and Brandy Karl as panelists. You can read more about our time at MARAC in our April blog post.

Our June 2018 harvest was record-breaking and saw the inclusion of a new intermediate provider Historic Pittsburgh and institutions Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Catholic Historical Research Center, Chatham University, Historical Society of Upper St. Clair, Library Company of Philadelphia, Media Historic Archives Commission, Oakmont Carnegie Library, Pitcairn Historical Society, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Point Park University Archives, Rodef Shalom Congregation Archives, Science History Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh. This harvest also added 117 new collections and 49,976 digital objects (records).

We would like to extend warm thanks to all who worked with us to bring in new collections.

You can see all of PA Digital’s records in the DPLA by searching or faceting on our name PA Digital: PA Digital Records in the DPLA.

View our progress since we went live in DPLA:

We updated our website, check it out!

In addition to new contributors and records, we are planning:

  • The publication of four primary source sets using PA Digital collections:
    • The Holy Experiment: Quakers in Pennsylvania
    • Exploring Protest
    • WWII and the Pennsylvania Homefront
    • The Fight for Suffrage
  • Metadata Anonymous, in-person, at State College on July 31. Sign up here.
  • Two presentations at DLF 2018 in Las Vegas
    • Primary source sets
    • Rights statements selection tool

We are looking forward to presenting our work and onboarding more institutions and more content from current contributors within the coming year. Stay tuned for more details.

As usual, for information about our project, or about how you can participate in PA Digital and the DPLA, please email anytime to


Rachel Appel, Co-Manager, PA Digital, on behalf of the PA Digital Team

Categories: Miscellaneous


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