The first of two objectives of our grant is the development of a database utilizing an estimated 12,400 land and natural resource related archival records including historical maps for the island of Oʻahu that will be made accessible to Hawaiians for research purposes via the internet. In order to accomplish this goal and in collaboration with Hawaiʻinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (HSHK) we have chosen to create our Digital Library (DL) using ContentDM software.
The 12,400 land records we chose to include in our DL are the Land Commission corpus of documents including: Land Commission Awards (LCA), Royal Patents upon LCA (RP on LCA), Native Testimony (NT), Foreign Testimony (FT), Native Register (NR) and Foreign Register (FR). These documents consist of approximately 60,000 pages of material. These 60,000 pages consist of approximately 12,000 Land Commission Awards with accompanying records from the RP on LCA, NT, NR, FT, FR. Images for each record will be included in the DL.
There are two purposes for engaging in the transcription work for this material. First, it accomplishes parallel goals of our grant in providing insight into the existing usages of land in Hawaii in the mid-19th century according to archival sources. Second, it adds value to our DL by increasing the searchability of the documents by allowing for full text searches in addition to the use of metadata