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The Process
Digitization Overview
In year one of the grant (2013-2014), active projects included Planning and Development, the Benjamin S. Horack Papers, and oral history digitization. Just over 14,000 still images and 25 oral histories were digitized by June 30, 2014, including around 800 images of materials held by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library. In year two (2014-2015), an estimated 17,400 still images and 50 oral history recordings will be digitized.
Still Image
Still image digitization taking place on a Digital Transitions DT RG3040 Reprographic System, which includes a PhaseOne IQ180 digital back, a Schneider Kreuznach lens, a 30” x 40” reprographic vacuum table with electronically controlled column, and a Mac workstation equipped with Capture One software. The Reprographic System is ideal for digitizing the range of bound materials, maps, and manuscripts selected for the Living Charlotte project. 
Oral Histories
Digitization of oral histories takes place at the audio station, which includes a Tascam CD-A750 CD and audio cassette player, a Tascam MD-350 mini disc player, a Digidesign deck, and Mac workstation equipped with Avid Pro Tools. Audio cassette and mini disc recordings are converted to high quality .wav files for long term preservation, and derivative .mp3s are created for publication on the New South Voices website.