Hagley Museum and Library, based near Wilmington, saw a record visitor count for its digital archives in 2013 with 131,144 Hagley’s Digital Archives is an online selection of images, documents and publications from the library’s collections. Since the digital archives’ launch in 2008, 2013 was the first year that had more than 100,000 visitors. Hagley Digital Archives is accessible here.
Hagley is a leader among independent research libraries in North America in making digitization and access a central part of its strategic vision. This milestone is further evidence that the investment in digital is paying off,” said Erik Rau, director of Library Services.
Hagley Digital Archives originated to allow researchers, students, and citizen historians to access digitized items from the library’s collections twenty-four hours a day via the internet. In 2008, it offered less than 10,000 photographs, but has grown to 330,000 items including photographs, historic publications, trade catalogs, correspondence, and documents.
Since launching in 2008, the digital archives have had 435,397 visitors from every continent except Antarctica.
Items from the Hagley Digital Archives have been used in National Geographic, Newsweek Magazine, Huffington Post, National Portrait Gallery, and National Constitution Center.
Current holdings comprise 37,000 linear feet in the Manuscripts and Archives Department, 290,000 printed volumes in the Imprints Department, 2 million visual items in the Pictorial Department, and more than 330,000 digital images and pages in the Digital Archives Department.