Collaborative efforts between the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Digital Commonwealth, in partnership with the Boston Public Library (BPL), have resulted in the Research Library, home of the world's largest whaling logbook and journal collection, the ability to digitize its assets.
In an effort to expand outreach to the widest audience possible, digital surrogates of the Library's logbooks and journals appear not only on the Museum's Logbook & Journal webpage and a section of the Internet Archive devoted to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and its collections, but will soon appear on the Digital Commonwealth's website as well.
The dispersal of locations across the Internet promotes the Library's holdings and increase accessibility to the collection, while at the same time providing several locations for the preservation of the Museum’s digital assets.
Sample logbook: Alfred Gibbs (Ship), KWM 13. We currently host 55 Logbooks & Journals on our site.