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  1. 1. 3/20/2013Digital Collection Road Trip March 2013 Host:   Regan Harper Director of Member ProgramsPreserving and Digitizing the Architectural History of St. Augustine, Florida John Nemmers, University of Florida Lyrasis Digital Collections Road Trip – March 20, 2013 1
  2. 2. 3/20/2013Architecture Archives @ UF• George A. Smathers Libraries Dept. of Special & Area Studies Collections (• Established in 2004• Archival drawings & other materials related to architecture & design in Florida & the Caribbean• Areas of focus: 1) Modern architecture of the mid-20th Century, 2) St. Augustine architectureUF and St. Augustine St. Augustine Gainesville (UF) 2
  3. 3. 3/20/2013UF and St. Augustine• Long history of UF working with city (archaeology, architecture/historic preservation, etc.)• Management of state-owned properties (38 buildings and 23 parcels managed by UF)Digitization of St. Augustine Holdings• Given importance of city and research demand, UF has been scanning items over the last 15+ years (mostly internal funding)• UF Digital Collections (UFDC,• UFDC uses the UF-developed open-source SobekCM software (• 2009 Historic St. Augustine project ( – scanned Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board block/lot files• Two Grant-Funded Projects: • Saving St. Augustine’s Architectural Treasures (2010-2012) • Unearthing St. Augustine’s Colonial Heritage (2012-2014) 3
  4. 4. 3/20/2013 Saving St. Augustines Architectural Treasures Two-year project (2010-2012) to preserve and digitize architecturaldrawings for the National Historic Landmark Hotel Ponce de Leon and the Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church Funded by a federal Save America’s Treasures grant awarded to Flagler College. Gilded Age Architecture • Millionaire industrialist Henry Flagler • Hotel Ponce de Leon (1885-1887) was the first and the flagship of Flagler’s resort empire • First major commission for the Carrère & Hastings firm • Memorial Presbyterian Church (1889) Henry Morrison Flagler 4
  5. 5. 3/20/2013 5
  6. 6. 3/20/2013Lost Treasures• Many of the Hotel drawings had been “lost” for decades.• After discovery, Flagler College deposited Hotel Ponce drawings at UF in 2005• Church deposited drawings at same time• Over 260 drawings preserved and reproduced digitally by the UF Smathers Libraries. 6
  7. 7. 3/20/2013 A variety of conservation issuesBefore:The drawinghad beenstored rolledfor severaldecades 7
  8. 8. 3/20/2013The drawingwas unrolledin theConservationlab at the UFLibraries After initial conservation treatment… Ready for imaging by the UF Digital Library Center 8
  9. 9. 3/20/2013 Large format imaging in the UF Digital Library CenterAfter digitization each drawing was encapsulated 9
  10. 10. 3/20/2013 Saving St. Augustines Architectural Treasures• Blog:• Finding aids:• Digital collection: 10
  11. 11. 3/20/2013Unearthing St. Augustine’s Colonial Heritage An Interactive Digital Collection for the Nation’s Oldest City Funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.Architecture, Archaeology & History 11
  12. 12. 3/20/2013Project Partners• University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries• City of St. Augustine Heritage Tourism• City of St. Augustine Archaeology program• St. Augustine Historical SocietyCollections• Government House – maps and overlays of the city, architectural drawings of historic structures, etc.• St. Augustine Historical Society – Spanish Colonial documents, transcriptions and English language translations• St. Augustine Archaeology Program – records, photographs and site summaries for 100 excavations• Herschel Shepard Collection (UF Libraries - Architecture Archives) - drawings, photos and documents related to Shepard’s preservation, restoration and reconstruction of colonial buildings• P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History (UF Libraries) - maps and historical documents. 12
  13. 13. 3/20/2013 Supports Diverse Research• Architecture/historic preservation• archaeology• Florida and U.S. history• Spanish & British colonies• Native Americans• slavery• exploration• social and economic development• urban planning• missionary work Architecture/ Archaeology Historic• military defenses and warfare Preservation• etc. History Identifying Structures/Sites • Structure/site name(s) • Street address(es) • Florida Master Site File number, City Archaeology number, Plat book number, etc. • Lat/Long coordinates • Township/Range • Block-Lot number Example: Segui‐Kirby Smith House aka Segui‐Smith House aka Old Public Library 6 Artillery Lane or 12 Aviles Street Aviles Street = Hospital Street 13
  14. 14. 3/20/2013Search Elements/Facets• Archaeological sites (well, building foundation, trash pit, defensive wall, etc.)• Building’s architectural style• Building structural system (wood, stone, etc.)• Dates of construction• Principal historic period (1st Spanish Colonial, British Colonial, 2nd Spanish, Territorial, etc.)• Significant renovation/reconstruction dates• Historical use (residence, worship, government, business)• Street address• National Register? + PLUS +• Object-specific metadata (e.g., creator, subject, date, etc.)Google Map-based searching/browsing 14
  15. 15. 3/20/2013Ability to create/save mapsOverlay Maps/Images 15
  16. 16. 3/20/2013Source: http://www.davidrumsey.comSource: 16
  17. 17. 3/20/2013 Unearthing St. Augustines Colonial Heritage• Preserving and Digitizing the Architectural History of St. Augustine, Florida John Nemmers, University of Florida Smathers Libraries, 352-273-2766 Questions/Comments? 17
  18. 18. 3/20/2013Next Digital Collection Road TripBuilding a Theological Commons Guest Presenter: Gregory Murray Digital Initiatives Librarian Princeton Theological Seminary Tuesday, April 30, 2013 1:00pm‐2:00pm ET Thank You! 18
  19. 19. 3/20/2013Great LibrariesStrong CommunitiesInnovative Answers 19