Septimus D. Cabaniss Papers

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Collection Overview


First Stage: Preparation

Preparation work will be done almost exclusively by Digitization Specialist Amanda Presnell (or in her absence due to illness, etc. by Digitization Manager Jeremiah Colonna-Romano or Digitization Specialist Nitin Arora).

Pull physical box

Boxes must be checked out from the Hoole stacks prior to scanning. Strive to check out two boxes at a time if possible so that students have a steady supply of scanning material even after they finish scanning the first box pulled.

Prepare physical box:

  • Look through every folder to get a general "feel" for the contents in the box.
  • Per the archivists, remove staples and replace them with plastic paper clips.
  • Mark everything that needs to be scanned on the overhead by enclosing/"flagging" the item with acid free paper both in-front and behind the item.
  • If an item appears to be problematic (fragile, etc.), Amanda will walk the item down to one of the archivists (Clark Center, Donelly Lancaster) to ask for guidance on how to proceed, if at all, with the item.

Second Stage: Prepare digital folder structure:

Prepare digital folder structure

S drive:

A single "Scans" folder exists for the collection, so new Scans folders will not be made per our usual approach. For this collection, we will create a "box" directory for each physical box and a "folder" directory for each folder within the corresponding box.

  For example, a physical box X that contains Y folders will have a folder structure as such: u0003_0000252/Scans/Box_X/Folder_Y#.
  A real world example for a non-compound item of the physical folder #10 of the physical box #5: u0003_0000252/Scans/Box_05/Folder_10/u0003_0000252_0510001.tif
  Note that the last 7-digit segment denotes box(B), folder(F), and item number(I) in the format: BBFFIII.tif,
  such that it becomes implicit that item u0003_0000252_1117009.tif is the 9th item in folder 17 of box 11.
  • Make a new digital "box" directory per physical box.
  ex: Box_01
  • Make a new digital "folder" directory for each physical folder in the box.
  ex: Folder_01

Local drive:

A single collection folder specific to this collection will exist on each computer involved in the scanning process. These will reside in the shared "Digital Program" folder that exists on each computer.

  • Consists of singletons and compound object folders. i.e. there will be no "box" and "folder" subdirectories as there will be on the S drive.

Return box

This will be done upon the completion of Quality Control for the given box.

Third Stage: Scanning:

This stage will involved scanning on the overhead (Amanda) and two students assigned to her (flatbed scanners).

Before beginning to scan, each shift should start with uploading to the S Drive any scans are still on local drive. The local files will, of course, get deleted upon verification of successful transfer.

  • Prior to making a scan, determine the filename by consulting the Tracking Files spreadsheet for the collection.

:*Make scans per scanning specifics per scanner type. ***This needs more detail.

  Items should be considered compound only in the presence of an obvious relationship between multiple pages (i.e. a book, or a letter that is clearly spread across a few pages).
  Students should not spend considerable time trying to determine what is/isn't a compound object. If sever doubt or hesitation exists, students should consult with Amanda.
  • Items needing to go on overhead:
      • Mark items in TrackingFiles (use the exact phrase "Needs Overhead" in Notes column and highlight the row in yellow). Make sure a filename is placed in the Object Filename column in Tracking Files.
      • Write on the physical marker (in front and behind item) the filename. This is so Amanda can verify in Tracking Files that she has been told the correct information regarding what will be scanned on the overhead.
  • Upload:
    • 30 minutes prior to end shift. (Use filename structure to know what "box" and "folder" directories to upload to).
    • After verifying upload success, delete corresponding scans off local drive.
      • If shift time remains, continue to scan. Items will get uploaded next time, etc.
  • Upon completion of box:
    • Alert Amanda that flatbed scanning box is complete.
    • Begin scanning a new box.

Fourth Stage: Quality Control (Amanda):

  • Physical:
    • Verify all content are there (cross-reference with filenames).
    • Check folder sequance numbers.
  • S Drive:
    • Label completely scanned "box" folders as "check", "QCed", "Ready", etc.
    • Run PERL Scripts.
      • Checks for correct filenames. Make any corrections.
      • Checks for count of scans by item level. Make any corrections.
    • Spot check every 20th scan for image quality.

Scanning Specifics and Details Section

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