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UMass Lowell Libraries purchased the ScanPro 2200 for use at the Center for Lowell History. This powerful and versatile scanner allows users to digitally capture and adjust key elements of microfilm and then to save the images in multiple formats. This improves image quality as well as human and Optical Character Recognition readability.
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The Center for Lowell History houses many microfilmed materials. Holdings include the Lowell Sun and Courier, the diaries of abolitionist Rev. Edson and selections of Edgar Allan Poe's archives.
Users can order microfilm through Interlibrary Loan and view/scan the films at the CLH. Umass Lowell Libraries continues to work to digitize our holdings which are found on the Internet Archive Site.
The Library of the Proprietors of Locks and Canals on the Merrimack, one of the oldest corporations in America, contains works used in the construction, maintenance, and improvement of the Lowell canal system and its mechanisms as well as several hydroelectric plants .
The collection is comprised of what would have been state of the art books and pamphlets, in English and French, dating from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. Many of the books are beautifully illustrated. Subject areas include architecture, astronomy, civil engineering, law mechanics, and physics.
It is miraculous that this library survived intact. The prospective uses of these antiquarian books are predominantly in the area of the history of engineering.
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