9,000 historic photos scanned, 11,000 to go

9,000 historic photos scanned, 11,000 to go

EUGENE, Ore. - More historic images of Lane County will be saved, thanks to new grant money for the Lane County Historical Museum.

Fading negatives from the museum archives are being digitally processed and preserved. The project so far is about two years old.

They have 20,000 old nitrate negatives they're trying to save.  Digital Archivist Rachel Byers says, "We're able to capture the image before it disappears and it's also -- what we're doing is we're putting our collection online."

One of the pictures preserved is a shot of the first home football game ever played at the University of Oregon, an image from 1893, says Byers.

Villard Hall and Deady Hall appear in the background of the picture.  She adds, "The best part of the project is that you get to put yourself into the people of the past, like you see what--how everyday life was like back then."

Close to 9,000 of the 20,000 negatives have already been saved. The historical museum hopes to have the project done by fall 2011.

Museum director Robert Hart says a second Oregon Heritage Grant was approved last week for $6,000.