Digitizing Project Results in Washington Spy Ring Discovery

Gregory Hunter, right, a professor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University, is the director of “Digitizing Local History Sources”; he is seen here with graduate students Erika Hendrix, left, and Rudie Hurwitz, center, in the school’s digitizing lab on March 31, 2022, with the $65,000 camera used to create high-resolution images of a wide range of documents held by historical groups on Long Island. Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science’s groundbreaking project to digitize documents and photographs from historical societies across Long Island resulted in the discovery of previously-unknown tactics used by George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring. The “Digitizing Local History Sources” project, which includes more than 70,000 scanned historical images and documents, was featured in Newsday.