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Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity

Hawaiian Newspaper Image Delivery via Web

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Phase I:
(February-June 1997)

Phase II:
(December 1997-June 1998)

Phase III:
(January 1999-June 1999)

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   º Hawaiian Language Newspapers


This project seeks to make available selected, heavily used Hawaiian language newspapers to students throughout the state of Hawaii who have access to the World Wide Web (WWW). These historical newspapers, published from the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries in Hawaii, are currently stored on microfilm. In an effort to make this information accessible in places where libraries do not hold the microfilm or are unable to provide long hours of service, selected articles pertinent to Hawaiian language and history courses and selected rolls of particularly significant Hawaiian language newspapers will be digitally scanned, indexed on a basic level, then stored on a server for access via the World Wide Web.

Heavy use of the microfilm copies have caused deterioration of the reels and degraded the images. Researchers wishing to consult this material have up to now been required to use the microfilm on site in Hamilton library. This project expands access to people who are not able to come to the library and provides access to this important resource without destroying the resource itself. This project is a pilot effort designed to identify the problems and issues related to making microfilmed Hawaiian language materials more widely available through use of digital technology. This project extends efforts of the University to provide for the preservation and access of our cultural and scholarly heritage.

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