Sacramento Public Library

Digitizing a dig through history

Hundreds of images added to the Sacramento Room Digital Collection
Kristen Utley and Matthew Walker have enthusiastically begun their work putting thousands of new Sacramento Room images online. As our latest digitization interns from the graduate public history program at Sacramento State University, they received training on researching, scanning and uploading historical images at the outset of the fall semester. Since then, the two have added hundreds of images of postcards, ephemera, photographs and periodicals to the Sacramento Room Digital Collections, making even more of the Sacramento Room open to anyone with an internet connection. 
Both Kristen and Matthew say research is the most interesting part of the job. One of the first pieces Kristen described was a 1908 colored postcard titled “J. McMorry Packing Department.” Her research led her to discover the unfortunate history of the seemingly cheerful grocery, which was robbed and set on fire.
Matthew also loves “digging into the history” of Sacramento Room images, and recalls tracking down information on a 1971 program for a major community event he never knew existed — Father & Son Baseball Night — which in its 10th year hosted Sacramento area players, dozens of major league scouts and baseball greats like Hank Aaron and Dusty Baker.
The Sacramento Room Digital Collections is an easy-to-use online portal to tens of thousands of images from the Sacramento Room collections — all of our photographs and postcards, 100 early yearbooks, countless pieces of ephemera and periodicals, and even a few city directories and phone books. The site launched in 2010 and has been generously funded through the Sacramento Public Library Foundation’s Sacramento Room Endowment ever since.
This article featured in the January 2019 issue of History in the Making. Subscribe.
Amanda DeWilde

Amanda DeWilde has served as archivist for the Sacramento Room since 2010. She has co-authored two books on Sacramento history and was recently featured in Sactown Stories' Secrets of the Sacramento Room.

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