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Making of Modern Michigan

A Regional Digitization Center at Wayne State University


From 2003-2005, the Wayne State University Library System (WSULS) collaborated with Michigan State University, the Library of Michigan, and numerous libraries across the state of Michigan to provide a regional digitization center to facilitate the various projects associated with the Making of Modern Michigan.

Now that the project is over, the WSU regional digitization center is closed.

For information about metadata standards, digitization guidelines and a variety of other specifications tied to the project, please visit the Making of Modern Michigan homepage.

Services and Equipment

The Regional Digitization Center at Wayne State University was equipped to digitize a variety of formats and offered a variety of other services. All services were designed not only to produce a digital collection, but also, when desired, to provide training with the digitization equipment. We were equipped to perform and train librarians in audio digitization, image scanning, and video digitization. We could also provide training and assistance with copyright issues, metadata standards, digitization resources, storage for digital collections, and oral history, including interviews.

Software previously available included: Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign; iDVD, iMovie; Macromedia Dreamweaver, Media Cleaner Pro; Microsoft Office Suite; Peak DV; RealPlayer, RealProducer, and RealPresenter; and Quicktime VR Authoring Studio. There was a variety of hardware available at the Digitization Center.


Below is a list of libraries and projects that utilized the WSU Regional Digitization Center throughout the duration of the Making of Modern Michigan project.

  • Detroit Public Library-EB

    The Changing Face of the Auto Industry is a demonstration project showcasing digitized images of photographs, pamphlets, and other materials held by the Detroit Public Library. This site provides images related to some of the early Michigan pioneers in the auto industry.

  • Flat Rock Public Library-EG

    In a collaborative project to make local historical records accessible to researchers everywhere, 6,700 death records from a local funeral home were be digitized and made available.

  • Milan Public Library-EJ

    Milan Public Library has a large number of materials of interest to genealogists and others in the local history collection. One of the major sources is entitled Aid to Genealogists and was compiled by two local residents, Lillian and Carl Braun. They assembled and indexed obituaries and wedding announcements taken from the local newspapers of the late 1800s and early 1900s. These indexes will be digitized first.

  • Monroe County Library System-EI

    The Ellis Reference & Information Center of the Monroe County Library System possesses over 200 oral histories regarding late 19th and early 20th centry Monroe County. Besides written transcripts, we own the original casette recordings. It is our goal to digitize these cassette interviews and to make the digital copies available for circulation.

  • Pigeon District Library-EH

    Pigeon District Library is working on digitizing newspapers ranging from 1973 to the present. The newspapers are used regularly and are increasingly brittle.

  • St. Clair Shores Public Library-EE

    The St. Clair Shores collection will provide highlights from its extensive image collection, which dates from the 1880s to the present.

  • Sterling Heights Public Library-EF

    The Sterling Heights Public Library is digitizing photographs that represent life in Sterling Township from the 1860s through the 1960s.

  • Baldwin Public Library-EC

    The Baldwin Public Library, in Birmingham, digitized two diaries of Martha Baldwin, who lived from 1840-1913. There are two diaries, one from 1858-1859 and one from 1860-1863. Baldwin helped found the library in 1869 with 48 books.

  • Brandon Township Public Library-ED

    The Brandon Township Public Library, located in Ortonville, has a unique local history collection, including public records, photographs of local personages, and material relating to military history. The library has chosen to begin with a folder of documents relating to a Veteran's Monument that was dedicated in 1972.

  • Detroit Historical Museum-ES
  • Meadowbrook Hall-ET

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