April 25, 2014
The Elon University Archives and Special Collections is happy to announce that pages from a rare 18th century chant book in their collections is now available online. Scans of the original pages along with the Latin and English translations for each page can be seen and searched on this page . The chant book, also known as the manuscript missal, was donated to the Archives and Special Collections in 2003 by Elon alum Royall Spence, Jr. It was created sometime in the mid-late 1700s, with parts of it possibly created in the early 1800s. A complete description of the book can be found on the website listed above. Many thanks to Etherington Conservation Services for digitizing the entire book, and a big thanks to our two Latin/English translators!
April 18, 2014
Analog rack and computer workstation where the digitizing magic happens.
Forty years ago people were video recording movies, television shows, celebrations, and events (political & current) on film or via analog tape (VHS, Beta, U-Matic, etc.). Today, people are using state-of-the-art video cameras such as professional digital cameras, iPads, and smartphones to capture video content. With these technologies it becomes vital to preserve both analog and born digital video content. However, as of now there are NO effective national best practices for video format preservation. In other words, if these video formats are not being preserved in a Digital Asset Management System (D.A.M.S.) solution, media chaos occurs in the future. According to the Association of Moving Images Archivists (AMIA) it is predicted that video national best practices for digitizing, compressing video files, and attaching metadata to the video files will be established within 25 years by 2039. Even though there are no best D.A.M.S. solutions, there are many vendors who are selling digital asset management solutions for huge sums of money which may or may not be sustainable in the future. Is there an innovative and economical way to create a D.A.M.S. solution for the video content by digitizing, creating uncompressed and compressed video files and attaching metadata to video files until there are best practices? YES! Continue reading
December 21, 2012
For those of you who regularly follow our blog, this post will be different from all the previous entries. Our goal in 2013 is to include more blog posts about what we do in the Archives and Special Collections, as well as include any interesting projects we are working on throughout the year. Let this post be a sneak preview to other posts that will be written in 2013. Enjoy! Continue reading
December 20, 2011
Check out the newly added digital collection! While we only have a few buildings featured, more will be added over the next several months, so stay tuned! Read more about the collection below. Continue reading
Pam Richter – Class of 2011
July 30, 2010
Eric Townsend-University Relations
Dec. 21, 2009
Page from Phi Psi Cli. Photo courtesy of the Internet Archive.
Elon University’s entire collection of yearbooks, from Phi Psi Cli’s debut in 1913 through its 2009 edition, is now available to view online with search functions that allow users to locate specific names and organizations in a given year.