This post was written by Katelyn Dion, Digital Archives Assistant in the Special Collections Library.
Penn State Special Collections Library is home to approximately 70,000 unique audio/visual (A/V) holdings. These A/V materials focus around our major collecting areas including Penn State University history, state and local history, labor history, and rare books and manuscripts. We have 21 different types of audio formats and speeds, and 25 different formats of moving image.
Penn State’s Partner Page on Archive-It
This post was written by Ben Goldman, Digital Records Archivist.
In honor of Preservation Week, I wanted to provide an introductory post (what I hope will be the first of several) on web archiving. An enormous amount of cultural heritage is now published online, which presents both opportunities and challenges for archivists charged with collecting, preserving, and making accessible documentation for future generations. An entire blog post (or more) could be devoted to describing these opportunities and challenges in greater depth, but the New Yorker has already done so with an elegance I could not hope to surpass. I highly recommend spending some time with “The Cobweb,” by Jill Lepore, on newyorker.com (I even sent this article to my parents as a way of explaining what I do).
Photo of William Dorsey
This post was written by Brandy Karl, Copyright Officer, Penn State University Libraries, as part of Fair Use Week 2015.
The William Dorsey Scrapbook collection, owned by Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, is a series of organized clippings from newspapers and other sources, meticulously collected and arranged by William Dorsey, a prominent African American artist in 19th century Philadelphia. His scrapbooks chronicled everything from art to crime, but give particular insight into contemporary black life of that era. W. E. B. DuBois’ book The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study was based in part on the material found in the Dorsey Scrapbooks.
Letter from James A Beaver Papers
This post was written by Sabra Statham, Digital Project Coordinator, PSUL.
As we head into winter I am once again reminded that another year at The People’s Contest has passed. In fact, this year when February rolls around it won’t just be my fifth year at the Penn State Libraries, it will be the project’s fifth year. This anniversary seems like a good time to go back and look at what we have accomplished. Few digital projects last this long so not only have we achieved that important landmark, it looks like the project is just getting going with lots of new activities planned for the future.
This post was written by Linda Friend, Head, Scholarly Publishing Services.
Welcome to our discovery space. The concept of 100 Digital Discoveries is based on the idea that there are many stories behind every digital collection and service that the University Libraries provides.