Over the course of several years the Marion Public Library Museum has developed a collection of photographs that document the history of Marion and Grant County.  Through a grant administered by the Indiana State Library, we have digitized more than 3400 photos.  Those images are catalogued in a searchable database and are also on CDs.

Will  you help us?
Even though we have more than 3400 images in our collection, we are always interested in adding to the collection.  We are particularly interested in photos from the African American community.

We are not asking you to give us your photographs but we would be grateful for the opportunity to scan them.  Our staff is trained to carefully handle photographs and to make archival quality scans.  Photos are scanned at 600 dpi and are not altered in any way.  The actual scanning process takes but a few minutes and does not damage the photograph.

What does it mean to digitize photos?
Photographs are scanned so that the images become digital information in a computer.  Then the images are stored either on the computer’s hard drive or other storage media.  Images are stored on CDs at the Marion Public Library Museum.

Why is it important that these images be digitized?
First of all, photos deteriorate because of time and the environment.  When the images are on CD, they are stabilized.

Secondly, every time a photo is handled there is a risk of damage.  Creases, fingerprints, spills and stray pencil or ink marks can mar the photo.  And, sometimes things disappear.  There is no risk of damage or losing the photo when it is on a CD.  Interested people can print a copy of an image or museum staff can make a copy.

Finally, Marion Public Library Museum is able to make these photos available to the public.  Historians, genealogists, and students are particularly interested in photos of Marion and Grant County.  These photos are an invaluable visual record of the history of our community.

When can photos be scanned?

We are available by appointment during the week.

We are also interested in the stories behind the photos.  Our cataloging system includes identification of the people in the photo as well as landmarks.

We will also be available to interview people for oral histories pertaining to the African American community in Marion and Grant County.

Contact us, please!

If  you have photographs that you think we need for our collection, please stop by the Marion Public Library Museum or contact us at 765-668-2900 extension 150 or 145, or e-mail us at jfelton@marion.lib.in.us or sbratton@marion.lib.in.us.