Minnesota Reflections

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Minnesota Reflections is the first online project of the Minnesota Digital Library Coalition. It is a collection of more than 210,000 images and documents depicting the history of Minnesota. More than 155 institutions including historical societies, public libraries, special archives, universities and colleges have shared their original materials with the Minnesota Digital Library.

Minnesota Reflections is funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant through the State Library Services and School Technology division of the Minnesota Department of Education, and by the time and talent of the participants in the Minnesota Digital Library Coalition.

Note to Users: Use of objects in the Minnesota Reflections collections is governed by U.S. copyright law. However, all contributors to Minnesota Reflections have agreed to allow nonprofit educational use of their Minnesota Reflections collections. Students and teachers may use the collection for classroom and other educational purposes without seeking permission. Anyone wanting to use an object in Minnesota Reflections for profit or for other non-educational purposes must contact its contributing organization.

Manuscript Transcription Standards

At its June 2006 meeting, the MDL Steering Committee adopted Grace Lee Nute's "Transcribing Manuscripts: Rules Worked Out by the Minnesota Historical Society" to guide transcription of handwritten documents that are digitized by the MDL.

Nute's original pamphlet was published in 1935 and adopted by Lydia Lucas in 2004. The MDL will address areas where the guideline needs to be revised to accommodate the online environment and retain a truthful representation of the original; a revision to meet MDL standards will be published later.