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Digital Initiatives

Digital Initiatives was formed in 2012 to share expertise in collecting, creating, and preserving digital copies of items relating to North Dakota's cultural heritage and government. The department will offer services including training and consulting related to the creation, display, storage, and preservation of digital collections.


Staff will offer consultation and resources on issues such as:

Digital Collections

Digital Initiatives focuses primarily on digital projects that relate to the cultural history of the region, documentation and publications of state agencies, and publications on the histories of the counties and towns within the state. Digital Initiatives has collections available online on Digital Horizons, Flickr, Historypin, and Pinterest.

Digital Horizons

Digital Horizons is an online digital library consisting of thousands of images, documents, videos, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains. Digital Horizons provides a fascinating snapshot of the lives, culture, and history of the people who shaped life on the prairies. The North Dakota State Library is a member of the Digital Horizons consortium and has four collections available online. Click below to browse each collection.

  • North Dakota County and Town Histories: A collection of North Dakota histories, primarily county and town histories; church, school, township, and organization histories are also included.
  • North Dakota Memories: A collection of texts, images, art, objects and more that is scanned from the collections of institutions and private citizens across North Dakota.
  • North Dakota School for the Deaf Banner: A collection of newsletters published by the North Dakota School for the Deaf since its inception in 1891.
  • North Dakota State Documents: A collection of documents generated by North Dakota state government agencies since before statehood in 1889 to today.

  • ScanDay

    ScanDay is an event hosted in libraries, schools, and institutions across the state, in which Digital Initiatives staff bring scanning and photography equipment to a community and digitize photographs, documents, and objects. This project was started to help communities engage in building local and state history by submitting items of historical value to be converted into digital files and then displayed online on Digital Horizons. Contact Digital Initiatives if your library or organization is interesting in hosting a ScanDay. You can also visit the ScanDay FAQ page for more information.

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