Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 Photograph Album

The Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 Photograph Album 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.

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.

Ra's al-Tin Palace cannons

Ra’s al-Tin Palace cannons from the Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 Photographs digital collection. Image courtesy of the American University in Cairo Rare Books and Special Collections Library.

The Photograph and Cinema Collections Curator and I selected the Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 photo album for digitization due to it’s fragile nature and it’s research value, especially for those comparing the January 25th Revolution in Egypt to previous rebellions. 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 and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library News. The digital collection was also featured in Egyptian Chronicles, a popular English-language blog.

Project documentation may be found in the Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 Photograph Album AUCwiki article.

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