Topsham considers digital archives

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TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen opted Sept. 15 to send a proposed digitization policy for the town’s historic archives to the town attorney for review.

The Topsham Historical Society is seeking a grant from the Maine Memory Network to fund a scanner, but a digitization policy is necessary first. History Committee Chairman Ralph Williams told the Board of Selectmen in August that the society wants to make images available through the Maine Historical Society’s website.

Williams said he had consulted with Town Clerk Ruth Lyons and Town Manager Cornell Knight “about the guidelines and produced a policy I would like the Board to consider. This is a general policy about digitization and not specifically to allow for the Topsham Historical Society access.”

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