I Made a Collection of Intangible Items

Launched a new digital collection at work today:

http://lawlibrary.colorado.edu/colorado-session-laws

This collection contains session laws passed by the General Assembly of Colorado. Session laws document the enactments and resolutions made by a legislature from session to session. Traditionally, state session laws are bound in large, continuous volumes with enactments and resolutions being printed in the order they were adopted. Our collection divides these volumes into individual documents to allow searchability and cross-referencing across all of Colorado’s legislative history. So far the collection only contains session laws from the territorial assembly from the year 1861 to 1876. Let me tell you, that stuff was difficult to digitize. There were probably one or two printing presses in all of Colorado at the time and they did lousy work.

I think we did a good job. I’m not sure if there’s anyone clamoring to use this. We’re going to end up investing thousands of work hours into this. I hardly think users of this collection will spend as long using it.

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