For the past year or so, the University Library has been developing a Washington and Lee Digital Repository, which is designed to collect, preserve and share selected materials owned or created by Washington and Lee University and members of its community.
We now are prepared to “go public” with our first major project, a complete digitization of the entire run of The Calyx, the W&L student yearbook. The Calyx is one of the most highly sought-after resources for anyone studying the University’s history. This project now exists as a database within the Internet Archive and is freely available to researchers throughout the world. Here is our local gateway page.
Other planned projects include student honors theses from the Class of 2010 and an ever-developing database of faculty publications. We’ll be sending more information about those efforts very soon.
Future digitization projects include the Ring-Tum-Phi, older issues of local newspapers, materials documenting W&L’s Mock Conventions, and initiatives from the W&L Law School. Longer-range plans necessarily will involve the challenge of capturing and permanently preserving the born-digital news and records of Washington and Lee, including video and other formats.
We begin, however, with The Calyx.
Please take a look and let us know what you think. If you have comments, suggestions, or questions please contact Laura Turner, John Tombarge, or Dick Grefe.