vra 2012, archival collections case studies, the artamonoff business

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Presented by Shalimar Fojas White 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 PRESENTERS: • 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"

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  • 1. PROBLEMS Collections comprise 500,000+ items Inventory never completed Only known to a small, specializedaudience Lack of resources

2. PROBLEMS Collections comprise 500,000+ items Inventory never completed Only known to a small, specializedaudience Lack of resources 3. SOLUTIONSRE-PURPOSE already digitized content with metadataSELECT collection with broad, non-scholarly appealPARTNERwith local university to recruit internsRESEARCH research collections to aid with inventory with scholars, librarians, archivists, and programmersCOLLABORATE further project development toCREATE online exhibit with open-source softwarePROMOTEthrough multiple channels 4. 1935-1945 5. http://icfa.doaks.org/collections/artamonoff/ 6. GunderAlyssaShalimar White, Anne-MarieRona Razon, Clare Moran,Varinlioglu, DesRochers, Manager, ICFAViola, MetadataArchivesIntern Byzantine Intern and Cataloging Specialst (Van Nice)Scholar(Artamonoff)Specialist

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