Monday, July 17, 2017

Announcing The New Photography Studio!

After months of hard work, collecting resources, and trial and error we are happy to finally announce that our new photography studio is in full swing! Taking advantage of space near our offices, which offered a little more room and controllable light, we slowly began to piece together a studio equipped for our growing digitization needs.

 Camera set-up for oversize newspaper digitization
A student employee labeling slides before digitization
With a range of different set-ups and accessories including macro lenses, softbox lights, anti-reflective glass, and a rail mount we are now able to digitize just about anything! In the past few months, during which we have been working to streamline our photography process, we have already digitized an oversized newspaper collection, a set of almost 200 artist books, and over 6,000 slides from AGSL's Harrison Forman and Eugene Harris Collections. Utilizing our 50 megapixel camera, a camera-to-computer tethering system, and real time live view controls we are now able to digitize collections with better quality and speed than ever before. The number of possibilities this studio can offer have just begun to be explored.

Digitizing a slide using a light box and our rail mount system

Backdrop set-up for digitizing artist book

Monday, July 10, 2017

New images added to Polar Exploration Collection

We have recently added almost 200 new images to the American Geographical Society Library's Polar Exploration collection. These images include photographs from eighteen different expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic and range in date from 1869 to 1948. Check out images from the Ernest Shackleton Trans-Antarctica Expedition, 1914-1917, including images of the ship, Endurance, surrounded by the ice that would eventually crush it; images from the SS Panther Expedition of 1869 in the Arctic, over 50 images from explorer Louise Boyd's expeditions to Greenland and Norway in the 1930's, and lots more!
Shackleton Expedition, 1914-1917
SS Panther Expedition, 1869

Louise Boyd Norway Expedition, 1931