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Presented by Claire Dienes at the Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, April 18th - April 21st, 2012, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Session: Archival Collections Case Studies
The digitization of historic archival collections can present a daunting array of challenges. Often archives were collected with poor documentation and little information about the creators or contributors to the collection. The processing of these archival collections sometimes requires special subject area expertise due to the content or special staffing considerations due to the sheer size of the project. This session focuses on three cases in which archival collections are being processed. Each presenter will discuss the special challenges within their own institutions’ collection and the solutions they have developed in such areas as copyright, workflow, cataloging, and assembling expert teams.
MODERATOR: Heather Lowe, California State University San Bernardino
• Trevor Alvord, James Madison University
“Delivering oral histories”
• Claire Dienes, Metropolitan Museum of Art
“A 35mm collection assessment & digitization initiative at The Metropolitan Museum of Art”
• Shalimar Fojas White, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
“The Artamonoff Business: Using Collections Research for Outreach and Strategic Communication"