MARC completes mass digitization of historical documents from Guam

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12 April 2007

The history of Guam is going high-tech, thanks to a project sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Over 200,000 pages of documents currently housed at the Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam have been digitized for preservation and access purposes.

Associate professor Omaira Brunal-Perry says the yearlong endeavor cost an estimated $100,000. "We're talking about the collection of the judicial records of Guam during the 19th Century in the Spanish era. We're talking about the old land records of the early 20th Century as well as the judicial records during the pre-war Naval administration. So those documents don't have duplicate anywhere else," she explained.

Brunal-Perry adds that besides the 260 DVDs comprising the collection are being housed in both Utah and locally at UOG. In the future they hope to make the collection available via the Internet as well.