Congratulations to Jeff Colby for completing this huge preservation scanning project! The next steps will be planning to create descriptive metadata to enhance access. Jeff wrote a blog post describing his experience:
At long last, a long-term, on-going digitization project of the OHSU
Historical Collections & Archives has come to a major milestone. Over the
years the University and Public Affairs unit of the school collected
news clippings from around Oregon and the country and glued them into 31
large folios, bound together with screws between leather covers.
Covering the years 1953-1985, they reflect the growth and development of
the institution over time and highlight the burning issues of the day.
of time and staffing required a methodical, strategic approach. It was
decided that a dedicated time and space equipped with the proper
hardware and software was necessary. A secure area tucked away in the
bowels of the BICC building was chosen. A block of time of 4 hours, one
day a week, was picked for doing the work. The weapon of choice was the
Indus 5000 overhead book scanner, a German-made monster of a machine
which is capable of scanning entire newspaper pages spread out, much
larger than necessary for our folios. In 2009, the project began.
were very tidy at first, equaling one scan per page. As time went on,
the rush of events took over, and soon pages were crammed full of
everything from tiny obituaries, schedules, meeting notices and op-eds,
to multi-page newspaper and magazine articles which soon had to be
manipulated with the help of plexi-glass covers which helped separate
the increasingly dense material. Scans began to average 3-4 per page,
and occasionally required up to 9 scans to get at all the hidden
information. Sometimes a scribbled note of apology by harried staffers
Though admittedly a long slog, it proved to be a
fascinating, sustained look at the way things have evolved here on the
Hill. From the first organ transplantations in 1959, Civil Rights
advances and setbacks in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the construction projects,
budget crises, school consolidation, the extended saga of DMSO ,to the
continuing adventures of Charlie Dotter, it was a veritable March
Through Time. It was a vivid reminder of the breadth of experience and
wealth of talent the institution has been blessed with over the years.
The final tally of the project was 9,205 scans.
Here's where we began.
--Jeff Colby, HC&A Assistant