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The Royal Gazette is our best hope for content covering the early to mid-1800s. For the most part politically nonpartisan, the Royal Gazette printed proclamations, official government notices, verbatim reports of the proceedings of the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council, international news excerpts, fiction, poetry and local news. Local news reporting included descriptions of local events and meetings, and occasionally the annual reports of local organizations, for example, the Mechanics Institute. This was a weekly publication and for this project we've identified 40 years of the Royal Gazette for digitization.
It currently occupies 13 reels and when digitized we estimate that they would represent almost 12,000 page images, requiring 1 Terabyte of live storage and occupying over 2 Terabytes of backup storage and tape.
Project Cost: $5,000
This effort includes: funds needed to purchase new “master” microfilm reels, providing the best possible quality image source; staff resources (including UPEI students) to scan, perform quality assurance, and test digital outputs; staff effort to add new functionality to the system in response to request from the community; and costs of temporary and long-term storage to preserve and steward the digital pages for the long-term.