Student assistant reflections

Hello All! I’m Gracie Elliott, the Smith College student assistant working with Mandy on the YWCA Digitization project. I started in February 2017 and worked part time for the duration of that semester, went full time over the summer break, and went back to part time once the school year began. As we work through the final stages of the project, and draw closer to the digital release, I have been invited to reflect on my perspectives and experiences being a part of it. When I started with the project a little over a year ago, I came in with an elemental understanding of archival work, and as a complete metadata novice. However, I was fascinated with the prospect of working in an archive, especially one with Smith’s feminist leanings, and thought it would be a useful educational experience to have before I graduated. I didn’t realize how cool it was going to be to assist with a specific project, and how much knowledge I would acquire by the time the project is finished. Continue reading

Documenting digitization decisions

image of rows of archival boxes, image of box of microfilm, image of three photographs


As the project winds down to a close (or up to the release!), we will be sharing and documenting decisions made over the course of the project.The goal here is to share decisions that will be helpful to understanding our workflow, and we hope will they be useful to those undertaking similar digitization and description projects. Continue reading