Nitrate Negatives

We recently digitized some nitrate negatives from the Sylvester Manor collection. In addition to being fragile, this format can also be volatile, and so there’s an urgency to our work.

We’re pleased that these negatives are incredibly sharp (see picture of actual silver grains below):

Our Digital Content Manager, Melitte Buchman, writes: “For me these film negatives are particularly lovely in that they’ve had a hard life, many have abrasion scratches, and chemical stains that although not originally intended are a great reminder of the vagaries of film work. I find the image below particularly lovely. It’s nearly a spirit photograph with a horizontal band of movement (likely abrasions) and stars (chemical involvement?). At any rate it’s something we so rarely see anymore that it seems quite charming.”

Another image has a nearly demonic aspect:

We should be making these images available through the Sylvester Manor finding aid soon.

AUC has left the building

We just completed a successful training session with photographers from the American University in Cairo. They learned the entire process of digitizing books for Arabic Collections Online. This week, we are shipping a camera to them so that they can begin digitizing books and sending them to us for long-term preservation and publication to the ACO Web site.

Here are some images from the camera packing process. It’s quite involved due to the quality, size, and weight of the camera.

Moloney Sheet Music Now Available

moloneyThe Tamiment Library and Labor Archives have made sheet music from the Mick Moloney Irish-American Music and Popular Culture Collection available online. These songs are part of a collection that documents the Irish and Irish-American image in American popular culture during the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on ethnic perceptions and representations. Many of the covers are beautiful. The collection was fun to digitize, and DLTS is pleased to have played its part in making these items available.

Important AND Fun

sylvester_manorDLTS is currently involved in a project to digitize a significant portion of Fales Library’s Sylvester Manor Archive, thanks to a grant from the Gardiner Foundation. Sylvester Manor is the home of the original European settlers on Shelter Island in eastern Long Island, New York, created in 1652 with the arrival of Nathaniel and Grissell Sylvester. The Sylvester Manor Archive contains documents dating from its European settlement to the late-20th century.

In addition to being an important collection to preserve and digitize, the collection has some beautiful material that’s fun to digitize. Above, you’ll see an example of one of the wonderful photographs.