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State Agency Databases Project Activity Report 2/9/2014

The last week has been mostly quiet at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases, although we adopted out three more states!


Today’s featured database was provided by Michael Tatonetti, our volunteer for New York:

New Yorkers Volunteer (http://www.newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov) –

Created by the New York State Commission on National & Community Service, this database allows a user to find volunteer opportunities in New York.  Become a mentor, clean up a local park, help in a research lab, fundraise for art supplies, or work as a naturalist. The opportunities will enable a volunteer to learn new skills, meet new people and help out the community. The user can search for exciting opportunities by keyword or zip code.  Search results contain the date and time the help is needed, a link to a description of the work and the ways to sign up.


Some of 2014’s orphaned states have been picked up by one veteran volunteer and two new volunteers:


With the new influx of volunteers, we only have three state pages on the State Agency Databases Project are still open for adoption:

If you are interested in being the documents specialist for one of these pages, please read our Volunteer Guide. If you feel like you can meet the requirements, e-mail Daniel Cornwall, project coordinator at danielcornwall AT gmail dot com.




Minerva Online Catalogue – The California State Archives collection is composed of records from California state agencies, the governor’s office, the state legislature, the State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, organized under the name of the agency or office that transferred the records to the Archives.  The collections also include some private papers that have been donated to the Archives.  Minerva provides access to summary descriptions of the California State Archives.  Within more than 300 million items in the collection are documents from the state’s first constitutional convention in 1849, land grant records of the Spanish and Mexican eras, campaign contribution statements, State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal case files, legislative committee files, original laws, papers of many of the state’s leading politicians, and large collections of photographs, maps, drawings, and audio/visual materials.