ANNUALS AND CATALOGS DIGITIZED
In addition to the reorganization of the archives, Louisburg College has also been able to digitize its annuals and catalogs with the help of UNC’s Carolina Digital Library and Archives. The CDLA digitized Louisburg College’s annuals as a result of a new program offered through NC ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online) and the State Library of North Carolina. This LSTA program is designed to help smaller institutions digitize materials and make them freely accessible to the public.
On April 29, 2009, The Oak went “live,” with the first volume from 1923 available online via the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization that was founded to build an Internet library with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. In addition to the annuals, Louisburg College’s catalogs were digitized as well. The catalogs show a unique history of college life and contain many beautiful photographs from the early years of Louisburg College. Now users have access to this collection of historic documents through the Web. Among these documents are wonderful hidden treasures, such as a college catalog from 1867. The annuals and the catalogs show the rich history of Louisburg as the oldest two-year residential Methodist-affiliated college in the country.
Currently, Louisburg College’s annuals and catalogs can be accessed at http://www.archive.org by typing in Louisburg College.