“Franck, César, Autograph Note Signed” is the first item added to ZSR’s Digital Collections on October 30, 2008.

Fifteen years ago today, on October 30, 2008, the first item added to Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s Digital Collections was an autographed note signed by César Franck, the renowned composer, within the Joseph E. Smith Music Manuscript Collection. This historic addition marked the beginning of our ever-growing digital collections that now encompasses a wide range of materials, from rare manuscripts and photographs to recordings and oral histories.

Since 2008, our collections have significantly grown. Today, we provide access to over 245,000 items to students, faculty, staff, and the general public, within 108 collections.

The growth of our digital collections is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student workers who complete the majority of the digitization in our lab.

Kaylly Vazquez (back, left), Nissa Walker (back, right), Ragan Price (front, left), and Luis Bou (front, right) in the digitization lab. Not pictured, but also working in the lab for 2023-24, are Aarushi Agarwal, Maryam Khanum, and Ellen Emge.

I am excited to see how our Digital Collections continue to grow and evolve in the years to come!