Technology makes fragile year books timeless for all to read

Truman's first yearbook

Pickler Memorial Library is trying to preserve history one scan at a time. It started in May of 2012 with the digitization of Missouri Gold Rush letters, Letters written by Missourians trying to strike it rich out west. Now that all those letters are now available online, Librarians are now preserving Trumanâ??s yearbook known as the Echo. The Echo's first edition was in 1901 and the last was just 6 years ago in 2007. Librarians will scan every page of these yearbooks and put the pictures online for all to see.

â??Pickler Memorial Library has been working on a digital initiative since about 2009 and the purpose behind this is to make materials in our library particularly the special collections and archives available to the public 24/7. For our archive purposes we actually keep two copies of the year book and we are in the process of creating more through the digitization initiative,â?? said Amanda Langendoerfer Head of Special Collections and Archives at Pickler Memorial Library.

After the yearbooks are all digitized, librarians plan on digitizing Missouri Civil War letters. If you're interested in seeing any of these archived pieces, click the links below:

Truman State University digital library:

Special Collections website:

Manuscript Collections finding aids: