The current grant "Digitizing the S.D. Cabaniss Papers", part of the "Digitizing Historical Records" effort by NHPRC, is funded for 14 months. The intent is to provide online access to the content in a low-cost, scalable model which simulates online the experience of the patron in the reading room. That is, the finding aid provides the descriptive information about the content, and from the finding aid, content in each series is linked in the order found in each file and box.
The method followed will keep the cost below $1.87 per page. If successful, it will prove to be a valuable model for mass digitization of huge collections for which institutions cannot feasibly afford the development of item-level metadata.