Zdenka and Stanley B. Winters Czech and Slovak Poster Collection, 1920-1991

Project Overview

ScopeRepairsAccessScanning Timeline Project Staff

This project site documents the work of the University of Illinois' Slavic and East European Library to digitize these posters. As the project progresses we will update these pages, and they will serve as the gateway to the digital collection when digitization has been completed. See the University Archives' record of the poster collection.

Approximately 95% of the 489 posters are being digitized (duplicates, reproductions, and non-Czech/Slovak posters will be excluded). In addition, select original posters are being displayed at the Slavic & East European Library on a rotating basis.
Prior to digitization, posters at great risk of deterioration or damage are being preserved by the Library's Preservation and Conservation unit.
The image collection will be deployed via the CONTENTdm digital collection management software package that the Digital Services & Development Unit (DSD) already uses to administer digital image collections for the Library.
Preservation and Conservation has provided mylar sleeves for encasing the posters during scanning. DSD will scan the posters using a large format scanner.

Scanning of the posters was initiated in test runs earlier this year. With the purchase of new equipment by DSD in early summer, scanning of the collection began in June 2005 and should be completed by late fall. The images will be accessible when scanning is complete; description and translation work will continue on an ongoing basis.


Project Staff

Miranda Remnek, Head of the Slavic & East European Library, initiated the project and serves as superviser.

Patricia Hswe, CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Slavic & East European Library, handles the day-to-day tasks of the project, primarily metadata construction.

Associate Professor Frank Gladney and Assistant Professor David Cooper, both of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UIUC, are consulting on content and verifying translations.

Assistant University Archivist Chris Prom is consulting on technical matters along with Nuala Koetter, Head of DSD, and Amy Maroso-Hatcher, DSD's Project Coordinator for the Illinois Digitization Institute.

Marc Gartler, GSLIS '05, served as Graduate Assistant in 2004-2005 on the project. With Chris Prom's help, Marc composed a finding aid in EAD for the collection; built the original website for the project; and is largely responsible for devising the metadata schema (based on the VRA Core, version 3.0).

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