Gramercy Communications Provides Grant to Troy Public Library for Digitization of Former Troy Sentinel Newspaper
Gramercy Communications provided the Troy Public Library, 100 2nd Street, with a $2,324 grant for the digitization of the library’s collection of the Troy Sentinel newspaper. The firm was able to transport the collection from the Troy Public Library with the assistance of Focused Technologies of Menands, to be digitized by Kirtas Technologies, Inc. in Victor. Kirtas Technologies is a company that specializes in document imaging, the grant allows the Troy Public Library to be the first library in the world to provide digital access to the historic newspaper.
The grant was inspired by the firm’s recent relocation to the building formerly occupied by the Troy Sentinel newspaper at 225 River Street. The famous poem ‘’Twas The Night Before Christmas” was first published in the building and in the Troy Sentinel newspaper on December 23, 1823. The completion of the Erie-Canal in 1825 also occurred during the midst of the Troy Sentinel’s publication period. Today the building continues to tie in the connection as it rests on the banks of the Hudson River in downtown Troy.
The condition of the nearly 200-year-old Troy Sentinel collection required the most advanced digitization methods, provided by Kirtas Technologies. Gramercy Communications was referred by one of New York’s leading digital imaging and scanning companies, Focused Technologies of Menands.