Inside the Archives: Highlights from the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes by Mark Sprang, Archivist, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at Bowling Green State University
Archivist Mark Sprang will take you on a journey through the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at Bowling Green State University, one of the most significant collections of Great Lakes archival materials. He will highlight some of the most interesting and engaging items from the collection and show what it takes to preserve and manage such an extensive collection.
Lectures are included in the cost of museum admission. MEMBERS ARE FREE.
Registration Required.or call 419.214.5000 ext. 200.
About the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes:
The main purpose of the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL) is to collect, preserve, and make available, historical materials documenting the Great Lakes region and connecting waterways. The HCGL consists of manuscript and archival materials (more than 2,000 linear feet and approximately 450 collections); books, pamphlets, and periodicals; marine architectural drawings, maps, and charts; and photographs. Finding aids are available for processed manuscript collections; preliminary inventories have been compiled for most of the unprocessed collections. Also, special lists and inventories exist for the HCGL’s audiovisual materials, microfilm collection, and periodicals.
The HCGL also has a collection of vessel data sheets created over the past forty years and a collection of approximately 100,000 images of Great Lakes vessels. The Vessel Database base is the end product of combining these two data formats into an online tool for researchers. We also have created a Lake Erie Ports Database containing images of major ports along the Lake Erie coast. Our third database, Maritime Personnel, contains information on individuals engaged in maritime activity.