Digitization Project -- "About This Database."
In 2000, Garrett Public Library received a federal Library Services and Technology
Act (LSTA) grant for a pilot digitization project. A major component of this project
was the development of a database containing full-text obituaries from the local newspaper,
The Garrett Clipper. With the Clipper’s gracious consent, a decision was made
to scan the actual obituaries from the paper. The Library had clipped and saved these
obituaries from the late seventies to the present, and they became the initial entries
for the database. Current obituaries will be scanned directly from the Garrett Clipper’s
homepage. Scanning the actual obituary not only preserves the original appearance but
also lessens the potential for misinformation from inputting errors. Interpretations of
actual birth and death dates are left up to the reader.
The Garrett Public Library is grateful to the Indiana State Library Development Office
for their administration of the LSTA grant, to The Garrett Clipper for permitting us to
scan the obituaries, to Curt Witcher, Manager of the Historical Genealogy Department at
Allen County Public Library, for volunteering untold hours of additional advice and
assistance, and to Technology Specialists for their gracious donation of further time
and expertise in developing the Web interface for this database.