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The Grange Visitor Dataset
From 1875-1896, The Grange Visitor served as the official newspaper of the Michigan State Grange. This collection spans publication from 1875-1896 across 429 issues. Collection content relates to general news, legislative updates, reports, recipes, advice for homemakers, literary features, obituaries, and advertisements.
The Grange Visitor Dataset. East Lansing: Michigan State University Libraries Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections. https://lib.msu.edu/grangedata
The Grange Visitor collection was digitized with Project Ceres funds allocated by the United States Agriculture Information Network (USAIN) and the Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC).
The Grange Visitor collection consists of 1200 files, divided as XML metadata records, PDF scans of newspaper issues, and text extracted from PDF scans.
File Naming Conventions
- publication_name_yearmonthday_metadata - e.x. grange_visitor_18750601_MARCXML.xml
- publication_name_yearmonthday - e.x. grange_visitor_18750601.txt
- metadata - 1.7 MB (uncompressed)
- pdfs - 8.46 GB (uncompressed)
- txt - 69.7 MB (uncompressed)
Metadata is minimal and OCR is uncorrected.
These materials would not have been digitized without the initiative of Anita Ezzo, Science Collections Coordinator, Food Science, Nutrition and Packaging Librarian and the collaborative effort of the Center for Research Libraries, USAIN, and AgNIC.