Barbara Hill
Geological Research at the IGS

Building a Nation: The Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection (ILPC)-Continuation

Status Start Date End Date Locations
Active Jul 12, 2017 Apr 30, 2018 Outside Indiana, state
Director: Barbara Hill
Other Researchers: Jennifer Lanman, Licia Weber John Day, Robin Nolin, , Becky Meyer, Carey Stapleton
Funding: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Issue: The previously hidden Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection (ILPC) documents the industrialization and growth of the nation from the early 19th century forward. Covering all building types in nearly all 50 states, it illustrates how Indiana limestone was used by both the private and public sectors, and across divisions of class. There is no other known collection that represents Indiana Limestone and its impact on the building of the United States.
Objective: To make this image collection and its associated metadata digital and available to researchers, scholars, and the general public through Indiana University's Image Collections Online (ICO) site and Indiana State Library's "Indiana Memory Project".
Approach: The photographs and their attached metadata will continue to be processed through the established procedures already in place. This involves: 1. Sorting and organizing the photos, 2. Selecting photos to be cleaned and scanned, 3. Entering metadata and location information for geo-referencing into ILPC Excel spreadsheet, 4. Editing the digital image (rotating, cropping, scaling) for digital archiving.
Products: Products will include the digital surrogates of ILPC photographs and their associated metadata for the Indiana Memory website.
Benefits: This hidden collection, discovered at the very doorstep of Indiana University, is a rare local find that will become a one-of-a-kind scholarly resource of national significance. The digitization, archiving, and online access of this unique resource will add a new perspective to scholarly research; allowing for expansion of topics and questions that will evolve as the depth and richness of the collection is discovered and used. The wide access offered through Indiana University Libraries online collections, as well as partnerships with other national organizations that will feature the collection, will make the ILPC a truly 'discoverable' and coherent compendium of our nation's architectural, historical, cultural, and social heritage. By digitizing this collection, the IGS in collaboration with IU Libraries, and utilizing the technological resources at Indiana University, will be able to enhance the emerging global digital research environment and support new kinds of scholarship for the long term.

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