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New Hanover County Public Library Archives Receives Digital Preservation Grant

NEW HANOVER CTY - New Hanover County Public Library is proud to announce receiving a grant for $32,000 to collect and digitize images of Cape Fearians. This grant is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.  Local matching funds were provided by the Library Foundation of New Hanover County (
The focus of the Cape Fearians project is on preserving images of residents of the Lower Cape Fear region throughout its history and on making these images readily available online for researchers.  The new collection will include many images already in the archives and community members are also invited to share additional images from their personal and family albums.
The Library is particularly interested in collecting new images of longtime residents, school teachers, principals, veterans, church members, clergy, business owners, Boy Scout troops, and sports teams to the archives, according to Local History Librarian, Jennifer Daugherty.
The Library’s archival files on local families, churches, businesses, government agencies, festivals and events hold some estimated 25,000 photographs of individuals that have never been made available online.  The Cape Fearians project will pull copies of these images together into an inclusive, easy-to-access digital collection that will highlight the diverse and culturally rich heritage of southeastern North Carolina.
Several scanning days have been scheduled and community members are invited to bring in their own photographs of people who are either from the area or who have made some type of significant contribution to the area.  Photos will be scanned, documented, and added to the Library’s collection for the benefit of future researchers.  The originals will be returned to the owners along with an electronic copy for safekeeping.
Cape Fearian Scanning Days:
Thursday, March 21, 2-4 pm in the Local History Room at Main Library
Saturday, March 23, 2-4 pm, New Hanover Room, Main Library 3rd floor
Mrs. Rosella Fields Bellamy of Wilmington will speak on her book The Beautiful Black Christian Woman and Her Sunday Hat. Come prepared to have your photograph taken for the archives at this event in your best church hat if you wish or bring photographs of friends and family members to be scanned and added to the library's archives. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
Thursday, April 11, 2-4 pm in the Local History Room at Main Library
Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 pm, Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road
Thursday, April 25, 2-4 pm in the Local History Room at Main Library
For more information about the Cape Fearians project, contact Local History Librarian, Jennifer Daugherty at (910) 798-6305.
The mission of the Library Foundation of New Hanover County, a tax-exempt organization, is to strengthen the services of the New Hanover County Public Library by providing funding that complements, but does not supplant, the responsibilities of New Hanover County to adequately support its public library system.