MNHS Scrapbook Index History

Project Description

The indexing of the MNHS Scrapbook Collection was completed at Minnesota State University, Mankato in the early 1990s under the direction of Dr. William E. Lass. Student assistants in the Southern Minnesota Historical Center (SMHC) looked through the scrapbooks on microfilm and indexed citations for topics, locations, and individuals onto 3x5 index cards. The index was microfilmed in 1994 and acquired by several libraries.

Online MNHS Scrapbook Collection Index

In 2005 student assistants in the SMHC began entering the data from the index cards into a Microsoft Access database. The data entry was completed in 2010. The Library Systems area dedicated Graduate Assistant time to the creation of the searchable online database which became available in 2011.

Project Contributors (2005-2011)

Project Managers
Daardi Sizemore, C.A., Archives and Special Collections Librarian
Anne Stenzel, Archives Technician

Online Database Development
Peg Lawrence, Systems Librarian
Dawn Clyne, Information Technology Specialist
Shajia Sharmin, Systems Graduate Assistant
Malaka Khlok, Systems Graduate Assistant 

Data Entry
Emily Battcher, Student Assistant
Derek Barlage, Student Assistant
Alyssa Benning, Student Assistant
Robertlyn Boyce, Student Assistant
Jeff Brand, Student Assistant
Andrew Cole, Student Assistant
Megan Eisenbraun, Student Assistant
Brittany Hagert, Student Assistant
Stephanie Honsey, Student Assistant
Roba Lolo, Student Assistant
Ginelle Meissner, Student Assistant
Anna Melzer, Student Assistant
Jeremy Pedersen, Student Assistant
Jessica Tix, Student Assistant 
Song Yang, Student Assistant

Many additional student workers, graduate assistants, and librarians worked on this project when it was originally created. Dr. William E. Lass, Director of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center was the driving force behind the creation of this index. His work made the online index possible.