In the Spotlight is an online resource featuring unique materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SPARC). Launched in late 2008, In the Spotlight will exhibit materials that are relevant to current events, historical anniversaries, or that are central to Marquette University's rich heritage. Other materials selected for digitization will provide visitors with a sampler of archival collections preserved at Marquette that have not yet been digitized. At a practical level, a majority of collections have not been digitized due to the copyright limitations, physical size, and the labor-intensive nature of digitization.
Archivists plan to feature both print and documentary source materials from SPARC, including photographs, letters and diaries, sound recordings, books, serial publications and artifacts. New materials will be featured as time allows. As In the Spotlight expands, we hope it will offer online users a glimpse into the superb resources preserved and made accessible by SPARC.