Since 1997 the University of Michigan Making of America project
(http://www.umdl.umich.edu/moa), a collection of primary source
materials in 19th century American social history, has been widely used
and well received by professional and amateur scholars of American
history and culture all over the world.
Over the past several months the University of Michigan Digital Library
Production Service (DLPS), which is responsible for the production and
implementation of the Making of America, has redesigned and improved
several aspects of the Making of America system, including adding search
possibilities, improving navigation, and making available the plain text
of the page images that make up the MoA collection.
DLPS would like to invite testing of the new system before we replace
the old system entirely. The revised Making of America can be found at
http://www.umdl.umich.edu/moa.new. Please try it out and let us know
what you think and if you encounter problems by contacting us at
[log in to unmask] The redesign of the system is an important step
in preparing for the addition of another 7500 volumes to the collection
over the next two years, so we are particularly anxious to get feedback
Please note that we're in the final stages of revising the system, so
you may see small changes, especially in explanatory and help text, if
you make repeated visits to the site.
We hope you enjoy the site, and we welcome all suggestions.
Maria S. Bonn
Digital Library Program Development Librarian
Digital Library Initiative
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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