Scanning Samples

One of the more interesting and challenging projects I’ve worked on at the digital imaging department of OSUL recently was a scrapbook that Amy and I digitized for the Dance Department dating from the early to mid 20th century. The contents of the book ended up being pretty haphazard and each spread of two pages could possibly generate far more than a single image to capture all the content layered upon the pages, possibly ten or more in complex cases. For instance, in the first image we have a set of pages as they would appear as a viewer turned the page:


After folding back most of the topmost material on the right hand page and extending out folded up clippings we instead get this:


It’s almost hard to believe these are pictures of the same book, opened to the same page. Similarly, below we have the left-side page of a spread exposed so that the top article can be folded out and seen:


Below we then have moved all the way to the bottom of the right-hand page, folding back layer upon layer of article to get to the last clippings, requiring no less than two microspatulas and a glass block to hold all the disparate pieces in place:


Working on scrapbooks exclusively could become a bit tiresome over time, but this project was an interesting and challenging experience and required a set of skills that I had no expected to accomplish.