Fall 2013 Historian’s Regional Meeting November 2, 2013
Getting Your Documents , Pictures and
What is the New York
• The New York Heritage Digital Collections website, a project of the NY3Rs
Councils, provides the public with free access to digitized collections of historical
and cultural interest in New York State.
• It acts as a gateway to digital heritage collections across New York State.
• It offers a federated search of multiple CONTENTdm servers from the regional
• The goal of the project is to eventually connect 1000 collections and 1 million
items throughout New York State. At present there are about 300 members and
• Each of the nine 3Rs began with their own
CONTENTdm sites - i.e., the one in the Rochester
area was eventually known as FLAG (Finger Lakes
• Six of the nine 3Rs have combined their
CONTENTdm servers in the NY Heritage Digital
• Three of the nine 3Rs still maintain their own sites
(Long Island, NYCity Metro, Southeastern) but the
content of these three sites are searchable in the
NY Heritage Digital Collection.
• The collections represent a broad range of
historical, scholarly and cultural materials.
• Collections are held in libraries, museums and
archives throughout the state.
• The collections are used by educators, students,
researchers, genealogists, alumni, and donors.
• Collection items include photographs, letters,
diaries, directories, maps, newspapers, books and
How can the collections be used?
• School libraries can use the collections to
connect to the curriculum and promote the use
of primary source materials.
• Public libraries can promote local history.
• The project allows for the public’s safe use of a
library’s “delicate” materials.
• Researchers can search multiple collections by
location and item type.
The Bicentennial booklet is a “compound object” of 30 some pages
This was greatly oversized, stitched together by the “Flip-Pal”:
Various statistics can be obtained by
software collection: number of visits,
comments, and useful information to show
your Boards, funding sources, etc.
Stats? You want stats?
Geneva Historical Society: 2,228 items
1726 page views in the past 5 months!
In 2012 alone, NY Heritage had over 160 collections total with over 320,834 items.
We had 2 million site views with 325,302 views of RRLC collections.
RRLC currently has 18 contributors.
Between November 28th, 2012 and March 31st, 2013, we had 13,071 visits to nyheritage.org from 9,044
Unique Visitors, which amounted to 37,442 page views.
Between August 27th, 2012 and November 28th, 2012, we had 5,728 visits from 3,935 unique visitors,
amounting to 23,534 page views.
Extrapolating from those figures, nyheritage.org had about 28,000 visits from April 1st, 2012 to March 31st,
2013, and about 130,000 page views from about 23,000 unique visitors.
Now that we are a going to be part of the service hub for DPLA, [Digital Public Library of America] we will
be included in that. This will be huge for our viewership.
Sound good to have your collection more accessible
For training opportunities contact
Barbara Ciambor, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Interested in participating?
• Participation in the project is free to RRLC
• For information contact: Kourtney Blackburn,