"The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has announced that it will digitize an estimated 100,000 items from its Du Bois collection, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. The project will provide online access for the first time to original diaries, letters, photographs and other material related to one of the most influential African Americans in United States history. The two-year project, to start in July, will provide unprecedented access to Du Bois’s papers, not only to historians and scholars but also to Massachusetts university and high school students, teachers and the public at large, according to Robert Cox, director of special collections at the library. Du Bois wrote more than 4,000 articles, essays and books, most of which are now hard to find or out of print"