Community Digitization Projects

By Adam Sheffield

Appalachian State University’s Digital Scholarship & Initiatives (DSI) team is gearing up to help a couple of Appalachian communities digitize private images, and other documents. On August 20, members from DSI and University Documentary Film Services will travel to Dulatown, NC and on September 3 to Wilkesboro, NC equipped with laptops, flatbed scanners, and digital cameras ready to capture memories.

Residents of Dulatown and alumni of the Lincoln Heights school have been invited to bring photos, diaries, and other materials they would like to preserve and share. Eligible items will be digitized and copies will be delivered to the owners as well as included in the Appalachian State library Special Collections.

Dr. Beth Davison, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Appalachian State University, is currently producing a short documentary film on an interesting family reunion in Dulatown, NC, and will be featuring some of the scanned images in her project. Davison plans to screen the film in various North Carolina film festivals.