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A plan by Arlington library officials to retrieve local documents from the Library of Virginia and digitize them to be available to a wider audience is on hold.

Arlington officials announced the plan in early 2017, but the project has been shelved for the moment due to the complexity of the undertaking and other pressing priorities, library officials told the Sun Gazette.

The material – including land records going back more than a century and coroner records dating back to 1865 – routinely was shipped from Arlington to Richmond for safekeeping in decades gone by. But their removal from Arlington left the materials generally unavailable to local researchers or the general public.

About 40 boxes of materials already had been shipped to Arlington from Richmond when County Manager Mark Schwartz detailed the project for County Board members in May 2017. Schwartz called it a “pretty exciting” opportunity.

The effort to digitize the holdings may be on hold for now, but the library system continues similar work in other areas. Library officials already have worked on digitizing materials related to the desegregation of county schools, and also have digitized much of the print archives of the Northern Virginia Sun, predecessor of the Sun Gazette.

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jna

This will be an expensive project and the County should ask the local media pay to have their old newspapers scanned and also apply for grant funds.

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