INSIDE Chico State
0 November 16, 2000
Volume 31 Number 7
  A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico





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Librarian at Large

Jim Dwyer
Jim Dwyer

(Photo by Julie Leigh)

The Past Meets the Future: Northeastern California History Goes Online

Would you like to see a banana tree in Oroville, the Chico Delegation to the Big Goose Stew, or floats from Pioneer Days? How about a hand-drawn map of the original Rancho del Arroyo Chico from 1859?

For decades Meriam Library's Special Collections Department has collected and organized unique documents and photographs detailing the history of Northeastern California and Chico State. Because the collection is open limited hours and much of the material is fragile, access to the collection has been rather limited in the past. New technologies are allowing us to make them available around the world at all hours. No, we have not cloned Special Collections Librarian Bill Jones, Archivist Mary Ellen Bailey, or any other staff members, but we are using scanning, hypertext, and other tools to provide public access via the Internet.

A visit to the Special Collections home page reveals a cornucopia of virtual goodies. Over 2,000 of our 18,000 historical photos have been digitized and can be found in the online catalog by doing a series browse of "Northeastern California Historic Photograph Collection." (To see a list of keywords and perform a more focused search of the historic photos go to An extensive collection of digitized historical maps and online guides to eight extensive manuscript collections, such as the Bidwell Papers and the Dorothy J. Hill Ethnological Collection, can also be found on the Special Collections home page.

The Historic Photo Collection and an art slide collection of almost 3,000 images are examples of the work performed by Digital Asset Management, a new unit in Academic Resources. Stan Griffith, Deb Besnard, Rose Duncan, and Paul Fusilier use Portfolio software for the creation, organization, storage, display, and use of scanned print or photographic images. The digital images can not only be printed, but can also be incorporated into Web pages, PowerPoint presentations, and WebCT courses.

In addition, the old card index for The Orion and the Chico News and Review has been moved to the Web. Go to either "for journal articles" or "for resources A-Z" on the Library ReSearch Station ( and then select "Local Newspaper Index." The full text of the stories is not available online, so you must come to the library to read the articles.

So stop by Special Collections online, take your shoes off, and set a spell. Y'all come back now, hear?

-- Jim Dwyer, Library Acquisitions


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