Posted by: bluesyemre | July 12, 2015

Project REVEAL (Read and View English & American Literature)


Project REVEAL has been a year-long project designed with the three-fold purpose of increasing access to the Ransom Center’s manuscript and archival resources, enhancing the online user experience for the Center’s researchers, and creating workflows and institutional best practices for future large-scale digitization projects at the Center. Over the past year, 25 manuscript collections of some of the best-known names from American and English literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been digitized in their entirety and made available online via the Center’s digital collections portal. A primary goal of Project REVEAL was to increase access to a selection of the Center’s manuscript collections by digitizing entire literature collections believed to be in the public domain, recycling descriptive metadata from finding aids containing item-level metadata, and delivering this content online via the Center’s CONTENTdm site. This approach of digitizing collections in their entirety, rather than selecting and digitizing only the exceptional documents, is a departure in practice for the Ransom Center, and one that we believe has created more efficient workflows and, in turn, has produced an increased quantity of available content for our users.

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