The digitized version of Michigan Manual of Freedmen's Progress' book, 1915 edition has been fully digitized including photographs, charts, and searchable text and is available as pdf files.

This book, published in 1915, was digitized in 2008 to fill a need for classroom support regarding an important out-of-print book on Michigan History. Accessibility and searchability for students, colleagues, and researchers are the primary goals.

The 2 digital versions of the book are in Acrobat pdf file format. The large file is the complete book including all the photographs and illustrations. An optional smaller file without the photographs is also available. Both files are searchable.

Usability features of the pdf files. The primary feature is the searchability by text within the Acrobat software. You may download to your computer the pdf file of your choice for educational and research use, not commercial usage. (See copyright note below)

Click on one of the previous links to open the file in your browser or Acrobat. When open in Acrobat you can search the entire document of 371 pages by using the 'Find' window in the Acrobat tool bar. Search by word or phrase. For the next occurrance of your search word click on the right arrow to the right of the 'Find' window. One important note is that the hand-drawn tables starting on page 317 are not searchable because they could not be captured in the optical character recognition (OCR) software.

Metadata

Author: Michigan. Freedmen's Progress Commission; "Warren, Francis Herbert, compiler"

Subjects: Freedmen--Michigan--History; Freedmen--Michigan--Social conditions; African Americans--Michigan--History; African Americans--Michigan--Social Conditions; African Americans--Biography; Michigan--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American; African American soldiers--History--19th century; African American businesspeople--Michigan; Landowners--Michigan--History; African Americans--Mortality--Michigan

Keywords: Detroit; Lincoln Jubilee Chicago; politics; business; occupations; homeowners; property owners; Michigan Day Program; Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris; Thaddeus W. Taylor; death rate

Examples of metadata about the digital version of the book found in the 'Properties', 'Description' of the pdf file header.

Copyright 2008 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the digital version all rights reserved. The digital version is available for educational use under 'Fair Use' guidelines. For additional permission and further information contact the WMU Libraries, Digitization Center, lib-dc@wmich.edu

The original item is a book is a non-circulating volume in the WMU Archives and Regional History Collections, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 

illustration from the PDF

This project was a collaborative effort between Mitch Kachun, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University History Department; Sharon Carlson, Director of Archives and Regional History Collections, and the Digitization Center of WMU Libraries with help from the Kalamazoo Public Library. The goal of the project was to have comprehensive access by history students, researchers and colleagues to this out-of-print book in the classroom and for research anywhere. Financial support came from the History Department's Burnham Macmillan Endowment fund and the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Teaching Awards program.

A summary of the technology workflow follows: Image capture was done on an OpticBook scanner capturing the page as close to the gutter as possible without stressing the binding. The .tif files were saved. Then as the original files went through Optical Character Recognition, proofing, spelling, and formatting adjustments were made.

Challenges of lightly printed text and complex charts were solved by recreating those pages as word processing documents and subsequently inserting them into the book when the final .pdf files were made. Metadata was done at the item level with standard subject authorities and keywords added. The files can be accessed at a permanent URL location and can also be linked from Western Michigan University Library’s catalog. Link to WMU catalog record

Copyright 2008 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the digital version all rights reserved. The digital version is available for educational use under 'Fair Use' guidelines. For additional permission and further information contact the WMU Libraries, Digitization Center, lib-dc@wmich.edu

Links to the item are available through the WMU Libraries Catalog WestCat; WMU Archives and Regional History Collections, where the original item is housed as a non-circulating book; MelCat (Michigan’s eLibrary); WorldCat (a global catalog of library collections); and the Digitization Center at WMU Libraries website. News release link (pdf).

The Digitization Center is a full service center within Waldo Library that offers comprehensive digitization services, project management, consultation, research and cost estimation of digital projects for the WMU community and partners.