The Importance of Being Consistent: Digitizing the William Earl Betsch Collection
Assessment / Cataloging / Digitization / Preservation

The Importance of Being Consistent: Digitizing the William Earl Betsch Collection

Written by Thomas Busciglio, ICFA Intern (Spring 2015), University of California, Santa Barbara – Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Seeing a professional scanner for the first time is intimidating. A new user like me always wonders how to make the most adequate use of it. In the archival world, the flatbed scanner can … Continue reading

Describing Photographs: ICFA selects its content standard
Cataloging / Collection Management System (CMS) / Internship

Describing Photographs: ICFA selects its content standard

Written by Carley Altenburger, ICFA Intern (Fall 2014) and degree candidate, Smithsonian – George Mason University MA in the History of Decorative Arts With the development of AtoM@DO, the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives’ new online catalog, ICFA was presented with the opportunity to make our large collection of fieldwork photography accessible beyond on-site visits. It is … Continue reading

An Archive of One’s Own
Arrangement / Assessment / Cataloging / Processing

An Archive of One’s Own

Guest post written by Raquel Begleiter, Research Associate for the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (DOML)
Libraries, books, papyrus fragments—these are a few of my favorite things. The value of each has always been obvious to me as a researcher. Until recently, though, I did not realize that archives and well-executed archival practices can also serve as invaluable tools for research. Continue reading

Finding Aid Style Guide and AtoM Workflow now available
Cataloging / Collection Management System (CMS) / Finding Aid

Finding Aid Style Guide and AtoM Workflow now available

ICFA announces the publication of its Finding Aid Style Guide for ICA-AtoM, the department’s collection management system (atom.doaks.org). Developed by ICFA staff to document local practices for internal reference and training, the Guide addresses all aspects of description: from collection-level details such as creation and acquisition information to providing file-specific storage locations.  In addition, there … Continue reading

Following in the footsteps of Nicholas Artamonoff
Cataloging / Internship / Nicholas Artamonoff / Online Exhibit / Photographs

Following in the footsteps of Nicholas Artamonoff

Written by William J. Harper, Koç University This past fall marked the beginning of my immersion in the world of Nicholas Artamonoff. Over the past four months, I have been working with the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks by identifying and creating metadata for 477 photographs of Istanbul and various Ottoman monuments … Continue reading