According to an announcement from the Victoria College Foundation, the Victoria County (Texas) Genealogical Society recently donated $10,000 to The Victoria College Foundation. The donation will be used to purchase digital collection management software that will enable the VC/UHV Library to provide digital access to many of the collections in the Victoria Regional History Center.
This is the fourth time the society has donated that amount to the VC Foundation. The first two volumes of "The History and Heritage of Victoria County" were published in 2000, with the third volume published in 2003. Profits from the sale of these books have enabled VCGS to give these donations to the VC Foundation.
The software purchased with these funds will allow for easy management and efficient search capability of digitized collections. It also allows for the sharing of items such as photographs and scanned archival materials without risk to fragile originals. Along with many of the collections in the Victoria Regional History Center, the library will also use the software to digitize and catalog the Victoria Advocate Photograph Morgue containing photographs of local events occurring between 1950 and 1986.
The VC/UHV Library's digitization project is jointly funded by both VC and UHV. Prior gifts from VCGS to the VC Foundation have been used to significantly upgrade the library's scanning equipment.