AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Historical Society applied to the Maine State Archives for a grant from the Historical Collections Grant Program in February, to hire interns to help catalog an Internet effort and therefore reduce or eliminate backlog. The grant is funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Twenty years ago, the society’s catalog was entirely on paper. At this point, however, it has been moved to a computer database available for interested researchers at its headquarters at 107 Winthrop St.

The society received notification in March that its request for $3,628.26 had been approved. The request, with donations, will cover hiring interns for the spring and fall and the purchase of supplies and computer hardware to support the digitization effort. Records of newly cataloged items will contain full text transcriptions that can be read and/or printed at the society. Photographs also will be available for printing as will scans of documents.

For more information, call 622-7718.

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