Civil War Treasures from the New-York
The New-York Historical Society Library's Civil War digitization project
was conceived during preliminary discussions between Laura Campbell,
Library of Congress, Margaret Heilbrun, N-YHS, and Nancy Kranich, New
York University Libraries. This project would not have been possible
without the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Numerous people at several institutions were involved in every aspect of
- Alan Balicki, Conservator, provided valuable advice about the condition
and handling of the materials selected for this project, and trained and
supervised staff and vendors involved in the imaging.
- Pamela Dewey, former Head of the Department of Prints, Photographs, and
Architectural Collections, provided administrative support and technical
- Melissa Haley, Manuscripts Assistant, provided assistance in staging and
answering questions about items from the manuscript collections.
- Megan Hahn, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts, participated in the
selection of items from the manuscript collections, offered valuable
advice, and wrote the text describing the William Oland Bourne Papers,
The Prison Times, the Walt Whitman letters, and the Sarah R. Blunt letters.
- Margaret Heilbrun, Director of the Library, was responsible for
materials for the project, especially items from the manuscript
collections. She provided administrative assistance throughout the
project, wrote the introductory text, edited the framework text, and
originated the concept for the special presentation.
- Holly Hinman, Assistant Curator of Photography, advised on technical
aspects of the project, and wrote the text on the War of the Rebellion album.
Valerie Komor, Head of the Department of Prints, Photographs, and
Architectural Collections, provided administrative support, and
participated in discussions relating to the framework text.
Dale Neighbors, former Curator of Photography, played an important role
in selecting images from the collections of prints and photographs.
Wendy Shadwell, Curator of Prints, wrote the text describing the
Confederate War Etchings and the Civil War envelopes.
Kim Terbush, Collections Management Associate, provided items from the
New-York Historical Society's museum collections.
New York University
- Elizabeth Arena, Processing Assistant, provided background research and
information about the Civil War Posters.
- Susan Benz, Visual Materials Archivist, served as project manager. She
played a leading role in the selection of a vendor for this project,
participated in the creation of metadata, supervised the imaging of the
materials by the vendor, oversaw quality control, and coordinated the
workflow. She selected equipment, worked with the imaging consultant,
and was personally responsible for the creation of images for the William
Oland Bourne Papers, The Prison Times, the Walt Whitman letters, the
Sarah R. Blunt letters, the Civil War Envelopes, and the Confederate War
Alexandra Bernet, Digital Project Assistant, created metadata for the
Civil War Envelopes.
Jennifer Gotwals, Graduate Assistant, created metadata for the War of the
Rebellion album, the Confederate Etchings, and the Civil War Sketches.
Elizabeth Draves Jardine, Manuscript and Visual Materials Cataloger,
created MARC cataloging records for the Walt Whitman letters, the Sarah
R. Blunt letters, and the Confederate War Etchings.
Janet Murray, Senior Visual Materials Archivist, was responsible for
overseeing the creation of the metadata for this project, and cataloged
many of the collections. She created MARC records for the Civil War
Stereographs, the War of the Rebellion album, and the Civil War
Envelopes. She also created the Special Presentation, and produced the
text describing the Civil War Sketches, the Sketchbook, the Point Lookout
Sketches, the Civil War Posters, and the Civil War Stereographs, and she
assisted in coordinating the creation of the framework text.
Sueyoung Park, former Manuscript and Visual Materials Cataloger, created
MARC cataloging records for the William Oland Bourne Papers, The Prison
Times, the Point Lookout Sketches, and the Civil War Posters.
- Henry Raine, Project Director, provided administrative support and
guidance throughout the project, and assisted in coordinating the
creation of the framework text.
Tom Rosko, Senior Manuscript Archivist, offered welcome advice and
participated in selecting items from the manuscript collections.
Emily Wolff, Digital Project Assistant, created metadata for the Civil
War Envelopes, the Walt Whitman Letters, and the Sarah R. Blunt letters,
and she provided assistance with reviewing metadata for other collections.
Trina Yeckley, intern from the New York University's Archives program,
created the metadata for the Civil War Posters.
New York University
Nancy Cricco, University Archivist, served as a consultant on various
aspects of the project, and oversaw the creation of a graduate
assistantship to facilitate the completion of the project.
Arno Kastner, Director of Technical Services, provided assistance and
administrative support, and served as liaison between the project staff
and New York University Libraries.
Nancy Kranich, Associate University Librarian, participated in
preliminary planning for this project.
Christie Stephenson, former Digital Collections Librarian, coordinated
the initial phases of the project, drafted the grant proposal, developed
the plan of work, and provided valuable advice and technical assistance
in the project's initial stages.
Special thanks go to Dr. Franziska Frey of the Image Permanence Institute
of the Rochester Institute of Technology, who served as a consultant to
advise on workflow and technical issues which needed to be resolved in
order for project staff to create images.
Jennifer Kister provided quality control, and assisted in staging all of
the materials imaged by JJT, Inc.
Kyle Snodgrass was responsible for imaging most of the materials for JJT,
Erich Stokes was responsible for technical setup and tracking databases,
and acted as chief contact for technical issues during the course of the
Special thanks to John R. Stokes for his knowledge and advice in
conceptualizing this project and making it happen.
Congress National Digital Library Program
Mary Ambrosio, Information Technology Services, mapped the data for
indexing, configured the bibliographic display, and integrated the
searchof this collection into American Memory.
Caroline Arms, Technical Advisor for the LC/Ameritech Competition, was
involved in preliminary planning for the project and served as chief
liaison with the National Digital Library for technical issues during
every stage of the project. Her support and assistance throughout the
project are deeply appreciated.
Laura Campbell, Director of the National Digital Library, had the vision
to include the New-York Historical Society's collections as part of the
National Digital Library. Without her support and enthusiasm, this
project would not have been possible.
- Tracey Salley designed the graphic for the collection home page and
the layout for the special presentation and other framework materials.
Barak Stussman, Digital Conversion Specialist, was responsible for
merging the metadata from 12 Microsoft Access databases into one database
which could then be exported and indexed into a single search engine.
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