Blog topic: Digitization

Grateful Dead concert contact sheet

Grateful Dead in the Bob Fitch contact sheets

This is a guest post from Bob Fitch Project Archivist, Gurudarshan Khalsa.

We recently completed digitizing the many contact sheets in the Bob Fitch Photography Archive. Thanks Griselda Mercado!  And thanks to Michelle Paquette and the team at the Digital Library Systems and Services, the contact sheets are now available online. The Bob Fitch Photography Archive consists of the work of photojournalist and activist Bob Fitch documenting the civil rights movement, farmworkers movement, peace movement and other social justice causes from the 1960s to the mid-2000s.

Jose Guadalupe Posada collection, circa 1875-1913, Stanford Libraries

José Guadalupe Posada & Dia de muertos

October 31, 2017
by Adan Griego

When Mexican graphic artist José Guadalupe Posada died in 1913 he could not have imagined that his satirical calaveras or skulls would become such a ubiquitous presence around Halloween, which happens to coincide with Mexico’s Day of the Dead or Día de muertos, mistranslated as Día de los Muertos and horrifies language purists.

Russell and Sigurd Varian audiorecordings added to the Internet Archive

September 14, 2017
by Jenny Johnson

The Stanford University Archives is pleased to announce the availability of 19 audiorecordings from the Russell and Sigurd Varian Papers. This digitization is a result of our most recent round of collaboration with the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP). The CAVPP assists repositories by coordinating and funding digitization of materials deemed to be of “statewide significance” and at risk of loss due to physical condition and format obsolescence.

Ginsberg cassette image

2000+ audio cassettes from Allen Ginsberg collection now streaming from SearchWorks

July 18, 2017
by Geoff Willard

Ginsberg comes up fairly often in this blog (e.g. Rebecca Wingfield's recent post about "Howl" going up online), but the release of over 2000+ audio cassette recordings to SearchWorks is truly another cause for celebration. These recordings represent a staggering amount of primary source material associated with the Beat Generation, the bulk of which date from the 1970s to 1990s.

Imaging Ginsberg's "Howl" Manuscript

June 1, 2017
by Doris C. Cheung


Howl for Carl Solomon

We’re lucky in the Digital Production Group to see a wide variety of materials come across our imaging platforms.  We get to see and handle the highlights of all the collections as curators and bibliographers bring us the best in their collections to digitize for research, classroom teaching, and online access.  But does our every day become humdrum, when you see an original Beethoven score one day, a priceless map the next, and a gorgeous gold leaf medieval manuscript the third?

In celebration of Allen Ginsberg's 91st birthday this June 3, I asked our lead photographer Wayne Vanderkuil a few questions about his experience photographing Allen Ginsberg’s Howl manuscript – an original draft featuring numerous annotations and corrections.  It is considered one of the great works of American literature, the symbol for the Beat Generation, and the subject of an infamous obscenity trial.    

Anthony Robinson Scanner

Piano roll scanner update

April 10, 2017
by Jerry L McBride

It has been some time since there has been a report on the Player Piano Project, but there has been a great deal of activity toward the design and construction of a piano roll scanner. We are working with Anthony Robinson in England who is a player piano enthusiast and the designer of a roll scanner which we believe is one of the best scanners in operation to date. Anthony graciously and generously agreed to work with us to create a scanner that would handle scanning large numbers of rolls easily and efficiently.

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