Tales from the FieldDiscovering Hidden Collections in the              AGSLs Photo Archives               Krystyna K. Matu...
“Hidden”Film-Based Photographic Collections
Digitization at the AGS Library   The American Geographical Society Library (AGS Library)    http://www4.uwm.edu/librarie...
Digitization at the AGS Library   Saving and Sharing the AGS Library’s Historic Nitrate Negative    Images http://www4.uw...
Visual Resources in Library                Collections              Barriers to Access
Documentary Photography   Photographic prints         A small percentage of visual materials in library collections
Barriers to Access   Organization of analog image collections         By original creator         The lack of subject a...
Barriers to Access   Inaccessible analog image formats       Glass plates       Film negatives       Slides
Barriers to Access   The lack of item-level description in original source collections
Digitization of Visual Materials                   Removing the BarriersExample: The Harrison Forman Collection
The Benefits of Digitization   Expanded access to primary sources       Extended search capabilities of digital text   ...
Removing the Barriers   Access to the visual contentChangde (China), refugees await to receive assistance at an assembly ...
Removing the Barriers   Providing item-level description and access points
Harrison Forman (1904-1978)                  An adventurous American journalist,                   photographer, and expl...
Harrison Forman in China
Harrison Forman in Tibet
Harrison Forman in Poland
Harrison Forman in Poland   Arrived in Warsaw late August 1939   Captured images of the city just a few days before the ...
Bringing to Light the “Hidden” Collection
Providing Item-Level Indexing
Unique Images
Unique Images
Bringing Together Scattered Materials   Photographs       Prints       Negatives   Newspaper clippings   Articles   ...
Providing Online Accesshttp://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/digilib/pol/index.cfm
Revisions
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Tales from the field discovering hidden collections in the agsl's photo archives

  1. 1. Tales from the FieldDiscovering Hidden Collections in the AGSLs Photo Archives Krystyna K. Matusiak, krystyna.matusiak@du.edu Library & Information Science Program, University of Denver
  2. 2. “Hidden”Film-Based Photographic Collections
  3. 3. Digitization at the AGS Library The American Geographical Society Library (AGS Library) http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/AGSL/index.cfm  Housed at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-Libraries Digitization of image and map collections since 2001
  4. 4. Digitization at the AGS Library Saving and Sharing the AGS Library’s Historic Nitrate Negative Images http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/digilib/NEHgrant/  Two-year project (2010-2012)  Preserving and providing access to over 69,000 nitrate negatives  Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities The pilot project – 2008  4,000 film negatives  Harrison Forman Collection  Expeditions to northern Tibet Tibet: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/digilib/tibet/index.cfm
  5. 5. Visual Resources in Library Collections Barriers to Access
  6. 6. Documentary Photography Photographic prints  A small percentage of visual materials in library collections
  7. 7. Barriers to Access Organization of analog image collections  By original creator  The lack of subject access
  8. 8. Barriers to Access Inaccessible analog image formats  Glass plates  Film negatives  Slides
  9. 9. Barriers to Access The lack of item-level description in original source collections
  10. 10. Digitization of Visual Materials Removing the BarriersExample: The Harrison Forman Collection
  11. 11. The Benefits of Digitization Expanded access to primary sources  Extended search capabilities of digital text The potential to integrate resources in multiple modes of representation The ability to bring together scattered research materials  Making available a new body of historical evidence  The conversion of visual materials recorded on difficult-to-access analog formats  Providing item-level description of digitized resources  Discovery of “hidden” collections
  12. 12. Removing the Barriers Access to the visual contentChangde (China), refugees await to receive assistance at an assembly after the Battle of ChangdeThe Harrison Forman Collection. American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/u?/agsphoto,9797
  13. 13. Removing the Barriers Providing item-level description and access points
  14. 14. Harrison Forman (1904-1978)  An adventurous American journalist, photographer, and explorer  A member of the American Geographical Society (AGS)  His extensive photographic collection (30,000 film negatives + 4,000 prints + 50,000 slides) is housed at the AGS Library  The film negatives have been digitized as part of the preservation project funded by the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH)
  15. 15. Harrison Forman in China
  16. 16. Harrison Forman in Tibet
  17. 17. Harrison Forman in Poland
  18. 18. Harrison Forman in Poland Arrived in Warsaw late August 1939 Captured images of the city just a few days before the war broke out Documented the outbreak of the World War II Evacuated from Poland at the end of September through Romania  Managed to get out some of the film rolls (20% according to his estimates)
  19. 19. Bringing to Light the “Hidden” Collection
  20. 20. Providing Item-Level Indexing
  21. 21. Unique Images
  22. 22. Unique Images
  23. 23. Bringing Together Scattered Materials Photographs  Prints  Negatives Newspaper clippings Articles Forman’s diary
  24. 24. Providing Online Accesshttp://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/digilib/pol/index.cfm
  25. 25. Revisions
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