Special Collections receives a large amount of born-digital material every year—this year, more than 10 terabytes and counting. Special Collections and Born Digital Preservation Lab (BDPL) staff work together to image and process the digital material we receive, with the ultimate goal of making this material available through Stanford’s catalog. Here are some highlights of the digital materials we’ve opened for research over the past year.
Special Collections Unbound
Noted British-Australian war photographer Tim Page passed away on August 22, 2022. Page is best known for his powerful photographs documenting the Vietnam conflict, which he covered for Time and Life magazines, U.P.I., Paris Match and The Associated Press. As noted by Seth Mydans in his obituary for Page in the New York Times, Page's "photography was notable for its raw drama and its intimacy with danger, the product of the risks he took to immerse himself in combat."
Guest blogger: Teiana Gonsalves (Women's Community Center Archivist & University Archives Student Intern)
Aloha! ‘O wau o Teiana Gonsalves a no Kailua, Hawai‘i mai au. Hello! My name is Teiana Gonsalves and I’m from Kailua, Hawai‘i. As the Stanford Women’s Community Center’s (WCC) Archivist and Social Media Coordinator, I help develop and expand the Digital Archive of the history of the WCC. Eager to share the breadth and depth of the WCC’s legacy, I dive deep into spotlighting our galleries, documentation, testimonies, and more. After releasing the WCC Archives website in 2021 and continuing to gather research, I have the privilege of capturing and highlighting the contributions and achievements made by the WCC community throughout our incredible history.
Hello, my name is Melissa, and welcome to my first blog post. I am a rising senior at East Palo Alto Academy, and this internship was suggested to me by my high school counselor. I decided to join this internship because I believed that this would be a great opportunity for me during my summer break and would support me in strengthening my future goals, like helping me make more informed decisions on what I want to do with my life.
The Department of Special Collections is thrilled to announce the hire of two new staff members into continuing appointment positions as processing archivists. The positions are funded by the Harold Hohbach Program Endowment, which was created from a gift by the Harold C. and Marilyn A. Hohbach Foundation. These positions will focus on making available collections highlighting the history of science, technology, and those that document changes and developments in Silicon Valley and further afield.
Following the first Version 9.0 Alpha release from the ePADD+ project, a volunteer group of community testers assembled to exercise the new features and offer feedback on bugs, potential enhancements, and documentation. In past ePADD releases, users were openly invited to use the most recent release and report back through Github issues.