Archive for March, 2008

CA: Disappearing Farmland

March 29, 2008

Are you looking for a resource to document the loss of farmland? Try today’s State Agency Database Highlight from California:

Farmland Data – This resource offers data on farmland and farmland conversion in California. County data are available from 1984 to the present; regional and statewide data can be accessed back to 1994.

The California page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Janet Coles.


AR: Find inmates, send money

March 26, 2008

 If you are trying to locate a state prisoner in Arkansas, look no further than today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Inmate population Information Finder – Prisoner database that can be searched not only by name, gender, age and race, but also by type of crime including: Assault, Drug Crime, Forgery/Counterfeiting, Fraud/Embezzlement, Kidnapping, Manslaughter, Murder, Other Crime, Other Violent Crime, Property Crime, Racketeering, Robbery, Sex Crime, Theft, Weapon Offense. Records include weight, height, sentencing history and prisoner photos when available. This system even lets you electronically send money to prisoners.

The Arkansas page of the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Mary Brewer.

AZ: Cultural Inventory Project

March 24, 2008

If you are looking for an expert resource on an aspect of Arizona’s history or local culture, check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Cultural Inventory Project – From the website, “The CIP includes more than 600 repositories and societies working to preserve Arizona’s past. You’ll find basic directory information, including addresses, phone numbers, emails, and website. The CIP also includes descriptions of each repository’s mission and collections.” Searchable by name, location, type and subject holdings of repositories.

Here is a sample record:


Ak-Chin Him-Dak Eco-Museum

47685 N. Eco Museum Rd.
Maricopa, AZ 85239

County: Pinal
View repositories in this county

Phone: 520-568-9480
Fax: 520-568-9557
Website: N/A


A “museum without walls” that represents the Ak-Chin Him-Dak tribe’s connection with the natural environment and promotes the sharing of the past, present, and future. The Museum provides a mechanism for the Community to share its spirit with the outside world. Exhibits include Tohono O’odham art objects, crafts, and photographs.

Collection Overview


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The Arizona page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Daniel Cornwall.

AK: What’s that rock? Get a Consultant

March 22, 2008

When geology matters, when you right the right person for your mining project, you need today’s State Agency Database Highlight from Alaska:

Alaska Consultant List – From the website “The Alaska Consultant List is intended to be a shortcut to finding Mining Engineers and Geologists that are properly licensed to perform consulting service business in the state of Alaska. The list provides names of persons by service who have requested to be listed. Pull down the list by service and click on the selected name to show contact information. The list is intended to be a service to the public; the Office of Economic Development makes no representation as to the competency of the persons or businesses.”

The Alaska Page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Sheri Somerville.

AL: Going Once, Going Twice

March 20, 2008

Ok. You’re in Alabama and you’ve got a lot of stuff to sell and not much time to move it. You need an auctioneer. You could go to the phone book, but can you be sure they’re licensed? What about e-mail contact? Thanks to today’s State Agency Database Highlight, you have somewhere better to turn:

Search for Auctioneers – contains information on all licensed auctioneers in Alabama. Searchable by license number, last name, city, state, zip code and whether the person is an auctioneer or an apprentice. Records include license expiration date, contact information with phone numbers and e-mail when available.

The Alabama page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Valerie Glenn.

WY: All You Wanted to Know About Selenium

March 18, 2008

If you’ve wondered about the health effects of Selenium, how it’s used in industry or where it comes from, today’s State Agency Database Highlight is for you:

O. A. Beath Selenium Database – The O. A. Beath Database addresses the many and varied aspects of selenium research. It organizes and makes available citations that lead to the published literature about selenium.

The Wyoming page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Erin Kinney.

WY: Digital Initiatives

March 16, 2008

A little of this and a little of that describes today’s State Agency Database Highlight from Wyoming:

University of Wyoming Digital Initiative – This website showcases the online multimedia collections of the University of Wyoming Libraries and the American Heritage Center. Specialized collections include geography, wildlife and living.

The Wyoming page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Erin Kinney.

UT: Mountain West Images and More

March 14, 2008

From the University of Utah, today’s State Agency Database Highlight embraces historical media from a number of different Western States:

Mountain West Digital Library – From the website, “The Mountain West Digital Library is an aggregation of digital collections from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, and historical societies in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. Hosting institutions each run servers supporting their own digital collections and support partner institutions by providing scanning and hosting services. The Mountain West defines the region of contributors, but the content extends beyond the Mountain West and into different fields.” Portal page hosted by University of Utah.

TX: Texas Heritage

March 12, 2008

If you’re looking for the great memories of a great state, check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Texas Heritage Online – Texas Heritage Online provides unified online access to Texas’ historical documents and images for use by teachers, students, historians, genealogists, and other researchers. It has been developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative, a cooperative project to identify, describe, digitize, preserve, and make broadly accessible special collections of history and culture held by libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other institutions in Texas.

The Texas Page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States has not yet been claimed by a volunteer. If you would like to maintain this page, please send an e-mail to dnlcornwall AT alaska DOT net.

TN: Volunteer Voices

March 10, 2008

From photographs of President Jackson’s slave Alfred to the leters on the expected demise of Rugby, TN to flyers documenting environmental activism in the 1970s, today’s State Agency Database Highlight has something for you:

Volunteer Voices – a state-wide digitization project that will provide access to primary sources that document Tennessee’s rich history and culture. Volunteer Voices combines the collaborative efforts to Tennessee archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and schools. Some of the material is licensed through Creative Commons.

The Tennessee page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by James Staub.