Digital Collections

2013-14 Digital Project Priorities

In June, the Digital Projects Priorities Team met to assess this year's project proposals and came up with the following list of projects in order of priority:

  1. Textiles, Teachers, and Troops Year 2:
    This is the second year of a two-year LSTA-funded project documenting the history of Greensboro from Reconstruction to World War II.
  2. Class of 1951 to present:
    Encompassing approximately 25,000 digital images, this project will make available the subject files that have been compiled on each graduating class since 1951. The files through 1950 have already been digitized as part of Textiles, Teachers, and Troops. 
  3. UNCG Creative Writing:
    This project will digitize the Robert Watson and Randall Jarrell Papers (approximately 15,000 items) as  a pilot project for the for next phase of North Carolina Literary Map
  4. Home Economics Pamphlets:
    This is the second year of a project to digitize public domain pamphlets from this collection, this phase mostly dating from 1923-1963.
  5. Lois Lenski Pilot:
    This project will digitize several children's books from the Lois Lenski Papers as a pilot for a larger project and as a means of testing some new equipment in the unit. 
  6. Music Recital Programs:
    This will make avilable some five hundred born-digital programs for recitals held in the UNCG School of Music and is envisioned as a way to provide easy reference access to recordings held in the Harold Schiffman Music Library
  7. Music and Theatre Productions Materials, 1897-1963:
    Encompassing some 20,000 digital images, this collection will provide access to programs and other production information for musical and stage performances held at what is now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 
  8. Ege Project:
    This project will involve digitizing one hundred pages from medieval manuscripts purchased as a set by UNCG in the 1950s. Other institutions have sets drawn from these same manuscripts and it is hoped that some day they can be reconnected digitally.
  9. American Publishers Trade Bindings, Phase 6:
    This will complete the one hundred or so items that have not yet been digitized for this project. The Digital Projects Priorities Team may consider a later proposal to expand the project.
In addition, we will continue work on the Oral History Collections and Women Veterans Historical Project.

Some important notes: The projects are in priority order; we hope to complete all nine, but those higher on the list stand a greater chance of being completed in their entirety during this academic year. Budget issues and issues with the collections themselves can impact our progress dramatically.

And one final reminder: The Digital Projects Unit has four priority focus areas based on our collection strengths. Projects outside these areas will still be considered but those that fall inside the four areas are given priority. The four areas are:

  1. University history
  2. Local and regional history
  3. Women's history
  4. Performing arts
We're excited to get rolling on this year's projects! Watch this space for updates.

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