About 400,000 records kept by UW-Madison Libraries will be available online to students, genealogists and researchers as part of a nationwide digital collection.
The university announced Monday that photographs, books, maps and other historical documents from more than 200 Wisconsin collections will be made available through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). UW's submissions will join more than 13 million records accessible through the website from about 1,900 libraries across the U.S.
UW Digital Collections was founded in 2000. Its staff work with the university's faculty and librarians to provide open access to digital versions of rare, fragile or unique documents.
UW Digital Collections is accessed more than 10 million times annually. University officials expect the partnership with DPLA to significantly increase traffic.