American Memory: Technical summary
URL for collection
Books that document the formative era of California's history through
eyewitness accounts. The collection covers the dramatic decades between
the Gold Rush and the turn of the twentieth century. It captures the
pioneer experience; encounters between Anglo-Americans and the diverse
peoples who had preceded them; the transformation of the land by mining,
ranching, agriculture, and urban development; the often-turbulent growth
of communities and cities; and California's emergence as both a state and
a place of uniquely American dreams. The books provide detailed
information about localities and people important to the state during the
latter half of the nineteenth century, when large numbers of
English-speakers flowed into the far West, encountering a variety of
Native American groups and the Spanish-speakers who had preceded them to
the region. The accounts convey a sense of America's westward movement in
the post-pioneer era and offer the emigrants' reactions to the wilderness
environment they traversed and settled. As the Gold Rush ended,
California began to attract people for reasons unrelated to mining and
overnight wealth. Climate and natural beauty drew a new generation of
"pioneers" hoping to recover their health and to explore the picturesque
terrain of the still-wild West. By the 1880s, California had become the
romantic destination of choice for thousands who came to "take the
waters" at mountain resorts or to tour Yosemite and other natural
wonders. Settlers also continued to arrive, hoping to take advantage of
the state's continuing development.
- Source collection
- Technical features
Searchable text for book-length documents (average about 170 pages)
written by different authors in different periods, diverse vocabulary
offers challenges in pinpointing paragraphs on same (detailed) topic.
Images of illustrations and tables available in two formats, for display
and for printing. No page-images.
- Original material formats
- Printed matter (documents), English language.
- Number of original items
- Status of collection
- Available online as of November 1997.
- Public access:
- The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright or any
other restrictions on the materials in this collection.
See notes on rights and
restrictions provided by the Library to users of this collection.
Aids to intellectual access
- Type & granularity
- MARC bibliographic records. Each bib. record describes a single item.
bibliographic display in American Memory.
- Linking to digital reproductions
- Bibliographic record contains identifier
used in "directory name" for each metaobject representing a document.
Numbering system in place to link searchable text to
Total file-space for digital reproductions:
||Archival text file
||Printing-quality service images for
illustrations and tables
||Inline service images for
illustrations and tables
||Filename includes hyphen, extension ".pcx"
||Filename includes hyphen, extension ".gif"
||300 dpi (may include random-pattern dithering)
Note: Small PCX images of illustrations are also stored in the
directory for each book.
Library of Congress contribution to Digital Libraries Initiative - Phase II