Sonoma State University Library Unveils the Gaye Lebaron Collection and Web Site
To preserve and share decades' worth of research notes and primary source
materials, Gaye LeBaron, senior columnist for The Press Democrat, donated her
collection of approximately 10,000 documents to Sonoma State University for
public access as well as safekeeping.
A team of volunteers performed the initial inventory of the collection after it was donated in 2001. For the past two years, Judy Hudson, a retired professional librarian and a former SSU library cataloger, has done a large percentage of the cataloging and indexing.
Cultural institutions, such as libraries, archives, and museums, are acquiring the technologies needed to digitize unique collections, allowing direct remote delivery to readers, says Reilly. Advancing global access to unusual resources, such as the Gaye LeBaron Collection, supplies researchers, far and near, with hard-to-find information - adding value to scholarly or personal research endeavors related to local communities and the North Bay, she says.
With this in mind, and with the added advantage of protecting originals from excessive handling, the Library is implementing plans for the full-text digitization of selected documents in the Collection.
To set up an appointment to use the Gaye LeBaron Collection, call (707) 664-4152 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited number of appointment slots are available each week.
The Press Democrat provided substantial financial support to preserve and make accessible Gaye LeBaron's papers, with first-year funding supplemented by The New York Times Foundation. The Sonoma State University Alumni Association donated funds for proposal writing and pre-receipt planning.
The University Library's North Bay Regional Collection provides access to a wide range of information about the North Bay counties of Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Call (707) 664-2595 for Library hours.
Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057
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