Digital Collections

The University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press has created online collections that
represent some of the material it holds in its circulating collection, Special Collections, and

Text based, audio and video collections can be accessed via UDSpace, the University of
Delaware’s institutional repository. Content includes digitized books, letters and
manuscripts, yearbooks, newspapers, oral histories and government material. Visual
material is accessed via Artstor (University of Delaware user community) or Shared Shelf
Commons (global access version). These collections include photographs, postcards, and
maps. Due to the nature of the materials, digitized Museums holdings are also available to
the University of Delaware community via Artstor.

Special Collections with digital content can also be accessed directly via Finding Aids.

Special Collections and Museums oversee a number of exhibition spaces on campus, many
featuring companion online exhibits. Please visit our current and past online exhibits, which
highlight collection from Special Collections and Museums.

Digitization Requirements and Rationale

Successful digitization project proposals must meet all of the following requirements and one or
more of the additional criteria below.

Digitization Requirements

  • comprises material that is available and catalogued/processed in UD Library, Museums
    & Press collections,
  • does not violate copyright or licensing agreements,
  • conforms to the University’s Personal Non-Public Information (PNPI) Policy,
  • will not damage fragile materials that are rare or unique,
  • may be completed by existing staff using available equipment, unless funding for
    additional resources is provided.

Digitization Criteria

  • supports research and/or instruction (e.g., requested by faculty member),
  • supplies material for upcoming exhibitions or other events,
  • has been requested by the collection donor or has received grant funding,
  • serves a local or national collaboration or partnership (e.g., PACSCL),
  • meets a demonstrated user demand,
  • represents and enhances existing collection strengths,
  • appeals to local interest in Delaware and the surrounding region,
  • preserves material that is rare, unique, or not yet available via open repositories (e.g.,
    HathiTrust, Internet Archive, or research institutions).