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A new Website puts the museum and library’s collections—14,000 pages worth—at the world’s fingertips.
The Hagley Museum and Library has created a Website to connect history with the 21st century.
The Wilmington-based museum-library focuses on how business and technology shaped American and international history. Terry Snyder, deputy director of Hagley, says that, though the focus is Delaware’s own du Pont family and DuPont Co. history, the benefits of the museum and library reach far beyond.
“This is an internationally regarded research facility,” she says. “People come from all over the world to use it.”
Until recently, the library’s vast array of information has only been available to those who are able to explore the facilities first-hand. The Website was created to open the historic collection to a wider audience.
“The library wanted to complement the museum’s great work and share the information with the whole public,” Snyder says. “There are people using the collections that can’t come to Hagley otherwise.”
Through the site, Hagley now has a truly global impact, Snyder says. “We have people accessing it from countries all over the world.”
Thanks to a dedicated team of library staff and interns, 14,000 documents are now archived on the museum’s Website and are ready to explore in-depth. More than 100 interactive screens educate the user by displaying information that in the past would have taken days to read.
The site is focused on the origins of the DuPont Co. The next step is to include a more complete history of the company, up to the 20th century.
Though transferring the information to the Internet is a laborious task, the benefits are worthwhile. Says Snyder, “We are so excited to share it with the people of Delaware, the nation and the world.”
To access the archives, visit hagley.org. —Jillian Harig
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