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New Collections Added to Stanford Digital Repository in February, 2012

In February approximately 7,000 objects representing six collections were accessioned to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR), bringing the total number of objects in SDR to nearly 250,000.

  1. Buckminster Fuller collection: 5,200 slides
  2. Kitai topographical maps: 1,600 maps
  3. McLaughlin Maps, California as an Island: 114 maps
  4. R. Stuart Hummel collection: 52 items
  5. Eliasaf Robinson collection addendum: 1 gazette
  6. Islamic prayer book, 1228 H: 1 manuscript

More details, including links to sample images are listed below.

Inclusion in the Stanford Digital Repository ensures that these materials are available to researchers and scholars (while upholding appropriate access restrictions), now and in the future through a secure, sustainable stewardship environment.

While many of these objects are already discoverable via SearchWorks others will get SearchWorks records in the coming months. However, all materials are currently available via the item’s PURL (a persistent URL which ensure that these materials are available from a single URL over the long-term, regardless of changes in file location or application technology).

  • Buckminster Fuller collection
    Approximately 5,200 slide images & related indexes were added to complement the existing Fuller collection already available at: R. Buckminster Fuller Collection site. The slide images and indexes are undergoing quality control and are in queue for discovery via SearchWorks, and will be made available in the near future.
    Collection contact: Roberto Trujillo or Glen Worthey
  • Kitai topographical maps
    This collection of 1,600 Russian military sheet maps of China represents about 3,600 images. These maps are in queue for discovery via SearchWorks. Example image:
    Collection contact: Julie Sweetkind-Singer
  • McLaughlin Maps, California as an Island
    A portion of the larger McLaughlin map collection, this subset highlights early cartographers’ view of California as an island. The collection now includes 671 maps, of which 114 are newly digitized and added to SDR this month. These maps are in queue for discovery via SearchWorks. Example image:
    Collection contact: Salim Mohammed 
  • R. Stuart Hummel collection
    The Hummel collection documenting the Stuart and Hummel families' life and work in China as Methodist missionaries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A sample set of 52 images have been accessioned and after preliminary metadata QA is completed the entire collection (multiple thousands of images) will be accessioned into SDR.
    Collection contact: Glynn Edwards 
  • Iton ha-Mizraḥ, Levant Gazette
    Very fragile Hebrew/English newspaper and an addendum to the Eliasaf Robinson Collection. Example image:
    Collection contact: Zachary Baker 
  • Islamic prayer book, 1228 H
    An Islamic prayer book imprinted in 1813, this nearly 500 page manuscript. Example image:
    Collection contact: John Eilts 
  • Special Collections & Patron Requests
    In coordination with Special Collections, several patron-generated requested items were digitized and recently been added to SDR. In January, in coordination with University Archivist Daniel Hartwig, several different University Archives-owned student life-related photo albums were added to SDR. Two of these items are:

Development and support of the Stanford Digital Repository is the responsibility of the Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) group. DLSS provides services and supporting technology and tools to SULAIR archivists, curators, and selectors who create or acquire digital collections in support of scholarly research at Stanford and beyond.

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