This week the Mississippi Digital Library and the University Archives completed digitization of 543 photographs from The W’s history. These photographs portray people, places, and events around campus from the 1890s to the 1980s, and are freely available to view at the Mississippi Digital Library’s website.
This completes the year long grant award project for the MDL’s Cultural Heritage Digitization Award, which provided for 80 hours of digitization work on site and publication of materials online for records constituting a significant scholarly resource. Many of these photographs have been consulted as part of student projects in the last couple of years, and we anticipate that all of them will be useful for scholarly work in numerous topics, as well as enjoyable viewing for members of The Long Blue Line.
Notable subjects portrayed in the photographs include President William Howard Taft’s visit to The W in 1909, Emma Ody Pohl and her famous Zouave drills, famous alumni, historical traditions such as the Junior-Freshman Wedding and the Magnolia Chain, and images of The W campus through the years.
While this particular project is complete, it is only the beginning of our larger digitization plans. We hope to continue the processes worked out here to add more materials to the Mississippi Digital Library on a regular basis.
We want to extend our thanks to the many people involved in this project: Dr. Martha Jo Mims for her long term work identifying our photographs and for creating the metadata; our intern, Jasmin Gordon, for helping to establish workflows and creating metadata; and Nicole Lawrence, Susan Ivey, and the rest of the Mississippi Digital Library team for their support in getting a digitization project off the ground at The W.
Have a look!