We left off in part one wondering how to evaluate the Ransom Center’s unique non-commercial sound recordings, particularly when we aren’t able to access their audio content prior to preservation. Verifying written descriptions helps, but there are other considerations to keep in mind, such as a recording’s physical format—different types of material become increasingly unstable with age, but at different rates, and in different ways. [Read more…] about Deadline: 2028—Countdown to preserve audio materials
High stakes for cultural heritage
In just 11 years, the Harry Ransom Center could reach the point of no return!
In August 2016, I joined the Ransom Center as a graduate student assistant from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information to digitize the Gabriel García Márquez papers. [Read more…] about Gabriel García Márquez’s life in 100 pictures
A new digitization project provides access to 996 photographs from the E. O. (Eugene Omar) Goldbeck papers and photography collection, the largest photography collection in the Harry Ransom Center’s Texana holdings. [Read more…] about Now online: Newly digitized E. O. Goldbeck collection
In December 2015, the Council on Library and Information Resources granted the Harry Ransom Center a Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award to scan more than 24,000 pages from the Gabriel García Márquez archive. [Read more…] about The magically real digital archive of Gabriel García Márquez
Last year, Ransom Center archivist Richard Workman brought to my attention some journals that he was cataloging as part of the Guy Davenport Papers. Guy Davenport (1927–2005) was an American author, literary critic, and artist. Throughout his adulthood, he regularly kept journals of his day-to-day life and activities (including his feelings about his marriage gone bad, [Read more…] about Thinking outside the (tux) box: A novel solution to preserving the quirky diaries of the Guy Davenport collection