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June 26, 2008

Lincoln University more than doubles its online
digital special collections, with support from PHMC

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA ~ President Ivory V. Nelson has announced recent significant additions to the library's existing digital special collections, initiated in 2003. Most of these additions have been made possible by a 2006 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) that supported preservation microfilming and scanning from microfilm of the following materials in the library's Special Collections: The handwritten minute books of the Pennsylvania Colonization Society and the Young Men's Colonization Society of Pennsylvania; the handwritten minute books of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University and its predecessor institution Ashmun Institute (1853-1913); the early catalogues of Lincoln University (1865-1918); the late catalogues of Lincoln University (1936-1998); and the Lincoln University Bulletin alumni newsletter (1938-1982).

Two other microfilming and digitization projects also recently completed include a hand-written "Class Book" listing students attending between 1893-1901 and containing thumbnail photos of many of the students, and the most recent alumni newsletter, the Lincoln University Lion (1982-2000).

With the addition of these new digital collections, most available online, the Langston Hughes Memorial Library's digital special collections now include a complete collection of Lincoln University catalogues from 1865 through 1998; alumni newsletter from 1884 through 2000; alumni directories from 1912 through 1991, and student newspapers from 1925 through 2003 (in addition to the handwritten materials mentioned above). Microfilms of all materials are also available for viewing in the Pennsylvania archives. The link to the Digital Collections website is: www.lincoln.edu/library/specialcollections/digitalcollections.html.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences.  Lincoln has an enrollment of 2,423 undergraduate and graduate students.

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