The Project

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Objectives

1. Scan ~60 years (1943-2002) of newsprint papers.

2. Process scanned images. 

3. Submit digital products for papers from 1943 through 1963 to Library of Congress and for all papers (1937 to present, newly scanned and born digital) to the Internet Archive.

4. Properly store the newsprint originals after scanning using archival techniques and materials.

UMD student Cecilia Franck scans a News Review issue in GAP's Community Center workroom.

Steps and Roles

Step 1. Paper Preparation: GAP volunteers

Remove the newspapers from the plastic sleeves in which they were stored, select the 'best' copy of each issue (when there are multiple copies to choose from), verify the page count and note any condition issues that the person doing the scanning should be aware of (e.g., paper torn along fold or spine). Place the selected copies, unfolded, in chronological order in archival boxes.  

NOTE: THIS TASK WAS COMPLETED ON FEBRUARY 28, 2019!

  

Step 2. Digitize papers: UMD contractor (1943-1963), UMD student (1964-2001 )

Scan issues page by page, correct image skew, apply optical character recognition, save individual pages in TIFF format, group and save pages of an issue as a PDF, create metadata. 


Step 3. Perform QC checks of new PDFs, re-box (in archival boxes) newsprint originals:  GAP volunteers

  

Step 4. Upload to Library of Congress and Internet Archive: UMD digital librarian or student

  


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A collection for the new digital papers can be accessed on the Internet Archive.