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Digitization project priorities, 2016-2017

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The University Libraries Digital Projects Priorities Team met on Wednesday 22 June and approved the following priority projects for 2016-2017:

New projects:

Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015
This LSTA-funded project will digitize over 47,000 documents, photographs, and other items related to the growth of medical practice and institutions in Greensboro and will include materials from the Cone Health Medical Library, the Greensboro Public Library, and the Greensboro Historical Museum in addition to the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG.

This grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Women's Professional Association Records
Contains meeting minutes, agendas, correspondence, and organizational records from the Women's Professional Forum, a local women's organization that was founded in Greensboro in 1977. The forum has presented UNCG with a donation to defray the cost of digitization.

Early Cello Manuscripts and Published Works
The pieces selected for this digital project are among the earliest and rarest works found in the Cello Music Collection. In many cases, UNCG is the only library or archive worldwide with the holdings for these editions which date to the 1700s.

Peter Paul Fuchs Papers
Peter Paul Fuchs (1916-2007) was a conductor, composer, teacher, and a significant figure in the performing arts history of Greensboro. Materials too be digitized and included in the Cello Music Collection include 74 unpublished music scores and parts, totaling more than 1600 pages.

North Carolina Alpha Delta Kappa Collection
ADK is an international honorary organization for women educators and these scrapbooks (dating 1954-1994) represent a completely unique view of the activities of a women's organization.

Ongoing projects:

Cone Hospital Collection
This project, undertaken through the financial support of Cone Health, involves digitizing some 15,000 photographs and other documents that chronicle the history of Greensboro's Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. Target date for completion is December, 2016.

Women Veterans Historical Project
Additional oral histories, photographs, and other items will be added to this extensive digital collection documenting the service of women in the American armed forces, once of UNCG's most used digital resources.

Maud Gatewood Collection
Gatewood was an instrumental part of the art in North Carolina during the late 20th and early 21st century. As a graduate of Woman’s College, she is also part of our institution’s history. Her entire collection, including thousands of sketches, along with correspondence and other materials, is being digitized.

I Wish To Say
This project will create a digital archive of the "I Wish to Say" project undertaken by UNCG Assistant Professor Dr. Sheryl Oring, and will present images and transcriptions of messages composed and sent through the project since 2004. Target date for completion is December, 2016.

Pre-1923 Children's Literature
This project encompasses digitizing approximately 100 public domain children’s books from the Early Juvenile Literature Collection, Woman’s Collection, and Special Collections General, some dating to the 1700s.

Metadata and exploratory projects:

We will also be moving forward on:

  • The ongoing metadata cleanup for the American Publishers Trade Bindings Collection.
  • A new project to create more user-friendly and browsable categories for our digital collections.
  • A new project to add rights and usage statements that correspond with the DPLA/Europeana model and offer users a more accurate picture of the rights (and re-use) status of our materials.
Further, we will be working to solicit partners and attract funding for the second phase of the north Carolina Runaway Slave Ads Project, to discover and digitze ads placed between 1840 and 1865.

It's going to be a busy year!

Tate Street: 1971 and 2016

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A week or two back, we posted some "then and now" comparisons of photos taken on the west side of the UNCG campus around 1991. Today, we move to the other side of campus (and two decades back in time) to compare some views of Tate Steet that were originally shot around 1971.

In 1970 or 1971, the store block on the east side of Tate Street, which dates from the 1920s, added a new facade to unify and modernize the appearance of the stores. At the same time, a two-story building had opened across the street to house Franklin Drugs, which had previously been across the street in the older store block. Franklin's was replaced by a men's clothing store called The Hill, which was only open for about a year, and that's how we dated the photos.

Armed with the trusty iPhone in "panorama" mode, David Gwynn and Kathy Howard from the digital projects team recreated these images for your amusement.

Tate Street, north from Walker Avenue (1971):


Tate Street, north from Walker Avenue (2016):


Walker Avenue, west from Tate Street (1971):


Walker Avenue, west from Tate Street (2016):


Tate Street, southeast from Walker Avenue (1971):


Tate Street, southeast from Walker Avenue (2016):


Tate Street, northeast from Walker Avenue (1971):


Tate Street, northeast from Walker Avenue (2016):


Walker Deck and Kaplan Commons: 1991 and 2016

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Several years back, we digitized some "panoramic" photos (created by gluing together still prints) taken about 1991 in the area of UNCG's Walker Avenue parking deck, which was completed in 1994, and the Elliott University Center expansion and Kaplan Commons, which were completed in 2006. Digital imaging technician Robert Bixby, who passed away in 2013, scanned and color-corrected the images.

This area of campus has changed drastically in the past twenty-five years; numerous houses and apartment buildings were torn down for the construction projects, and entire blocks of Theta and Forest Streets ceased to exist.

Armed with an iPhone set on "panorama" mode, David Gwynn and Erica Rau from the digital projects team recently shot some contemporary images from the same vantage points as the 1991 photos, and we present the here for your enjoyment.

East on Stirling Street between Theta and Walker (1991):


Same view (2016):


North on Theta Street between Stirling and Forest (1991):


Same view (2016):


Southeast at Walker Avenue and Forest Street (1991):


Same view (2016):


South on Stirling Street from Walker Avenue (1991):


Same view (2016):


West on Stirling Street between Theta and Walker (1991):


Same view (2016):


East on Kenilworth Street between Theta and Walker (1991):


Same view (2016):


South on Kenilworth Street from Walker Avenue (1991):


Same view (2016):


37089 and counting

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Did you know that UNCG Digital Collections has contributed over 37,000 items to the Digital Public Library of America?

If you're not using DPLA, you should be. It's a tremendous resource that pulls together digital collections from all over the United States and makes them available in one easy-to-use interface.

You can also see materials arranged by location on a zoomable map and via a timeline interface. The DPLA also creates exhibits on a regular basis, pulling together related items from different partner collections.

UNCG is proud to be part of this valuable resource.

Gatewood, handbooks, and more...

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Some recent additions to our digital collections:


Maud Gatewood Collection:
We are currently midway through the digitzation of the papers of artist Maud Gatewood, for whom the Gatewood Studio Arts building at UNCG is named. Among the items that have been added so far are a large collection of sketchbooks and loose sketches demonstrating her development as a visual artist.


Student Handbooks:
The full run of student handbooks from UNCG and its predcessors, from 1897 to 2011 is now online, The scrapbooks give a detailed picture of campus life, including rules and regulations, social opportunities, and more, and are the perfect complement to the bulletins and course catalogs that are already online.

And some existing collections with significant new material: