"It's not just some boring report from the Chamber," Swaidner said. "There's some information about its members, but it was more about what was going on around town. Once we saw that, we decided we wanted to share this with the public."
Scott Miller, the Chamber's current president and CEO, said in a press release that the collection is indicative of what his organization has done to help the city's business community.
"Preserving the heritage of both the Indy Chamber and the city of Indianapolis is an important way to celebrate our successes and build momentum for the future," Miller said.
Swaidner also noted this collection lent itself to digitization because it's so text-heavy. Thanks to Optical Character Recognition, patrons can conduct searches within the documents.
New digital collections are being added all the time, depending on what's in the archive and who has time to convert them. IMCPL often collaborates with IUPUI's library in this process. In fact, they recently won an award for their partnership from the Indiana Library Federation.
"So many things are online now and people have this expectation that they can find this stuff there," Swaidner said. "That's one of the things we're trying to fulfill. Indianapolis history is the niche we're trying to fill."