Friday, October 12, 2007

ADAH Increases Collections Available on the Internet

In Celebration of Archives Week, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) is debuting a new service available on its website - CONTENTdm®. CONTENTdm® is an image management software that supports distribution of images of ADAH collections on its web site. Come to ADAH on Tuesday, October 16, 2007, from 10 AM to 11 AM for a demonstration of the new software and content available online!

CONTENTdm®, a digital collection management system, allows archivists to store, index, and display digitized primary resources online. Developed at the University of Washington, the program is in wide use at special collections repositories and research libraries across the country.

The first collections created for CONTENTdm® are under the ADAH Digital Collections and include Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection, Alabama State Publications, and the Frank W. Boykin Collection. Boykin represented Alabama’s First Congressional District from 1935 to 1963. His collection alone contains more than a thousand items of personal and official correspondence, political memorabilia, and photographs. They are available thanks to a donation from the Tensaw Land and Timber Company in honor of Boykin’s granddaughter, Ocllo Malone.
Archives staffers are continuing to learn the system and entering data on a continuous basis in the Alabama Photographs and Pictures and Alabama State Publications collections. Work is also being done to completed four future collections in a timely manner. These are the Selma to Montgomery March, Civil War Period Flag Collection, Confederate Officers Photograph Album, and Alabama Governors. More information regarding ADAH Digital Collections may be found at or call (334) 353-4635.



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