Fans and researchers can now access some of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's collection — without going to Cooperstown.
The opportunity is possible through the Hall of Fame's new digital archive project called Public Archive System To Interact with the Museum Electronically (PASTIME). The goal of the online collection is to give people worldwide access to some artifacts and documents, many of which were previously unavailable to the general public at the museum, and provide a resource for baseball history. The museum has more than three million library items, 250,000 unique images and 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts in its collection.
On Wednesday, 25 volumes of 10 different Babe Ruth scrapbooks were unveiled through the collection, which is available at www.collection.baseballhall.org. The scrapbooks provide a glimpse into the legendary slugger's career through stories, letters, photographs and other items.
Additional materials, including photos, audio, video and text documents, from the collection will be added to PASTIME every other Wednesday. On Sept. 21, items related to Jackie Robinson and baseball's integration are scheduled to be added. Another release scheduled for Oct. 5 will include materials related to Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and Ruth, the first five elected to to the Hall of Famers in 1936. Future additions to the PASTIME collection are scheduled to include oral histories, scrapbooks and Negro League photos.