Underwood and Underwood Egypt Stereoviews

The Underwood & Underwood Egypt Stereoviews digital collection is a digitization and description project undertaken by archivists and curators in the American University in Cairo Rare Books and Special Collections Library to meet student and faculty needs.

As the Digital Collections Archivist in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL) at the American University in Cairo (AUC), I am responsible for capturing, describing, and publishing content in cooperation with RBSCL curators. I work with the Photograph and Cinema Collections Curator to develop and implement workflows for digitizing rare photo collections for inclusion in the Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library. In addition to publishing digital collections, I manage our digital preservation and marketing efforts for digital initiatives.

Step Pyramid of King Zoser

Step pyramid of King Zoser from the Underwood & Underwood Egypt Stereoviews digital collection. Image courtesy of the American University in Cairo Rare Books and Special Collections Library.

The Photograph and Cinema Collections Curator and I worked quickly to published the digital collection of the Underwood & Underwood Egypt Stereoviews to provide primary sources for an undergraduate course entitled “Interpreting Visual Culture: The Rhetoric of Image.” In order to publish and preserve the digital collection, I developed capture specifications, a file naming scheme, a file directory structure, descriptive metadata guidelines, controlled vocabularies, and digital preservation plan. Additionally, I indexed the collection in WorldCat, added links to the collection in appropriate Wikipedia articles, and promoted the collection using  Facebook, Rare Books and Special Collections Library News, and Pets-in-Collections.

Project documentation may be found in the Underwood and Underwood Egypt Stereoviews AUCwiki article.

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