American Jewess Digitization Policy

Digitization Plan
The American Jewess Project features two types of documents.
There are advertisements from The American Jewess as well as advertisements from the Ladies’ Home Journal. The thin, newspaper originals, which I have obtained from The Jewish Women’s Archival Collection, are all in similar condition (which makes sense since they are fairly contemporaneous), and thus a standard digitization plan will be used for all of the documents. Some advertisements feature images, others feature text and then there are also those which include both. Some of the text is clear and readable, while other text can be difficult to read. On the whole, all of the advertisements can be digitized in the same manner, since they are all in a relatively similar condition. I will retain the size differential between the ads, and scan everything at the same resolution and format.
The digitization plan will be to use scanners as opposed to cameras, because the originals are quite old, however not in bad shape and they scan clearly. Additionally, the flashlights from a camera might damage the originals, which are from the 1890’s. The images are not oversized and thus a flatbed scanner will suffice. (The originals can be found at the Jewish Women’s Archive.) In order to present researchers with the original layout of the advertisements, my hired scanning assistant will scan the entire page first. Then, she will scan each advertisement separately, and this can be done without physically separating the advertisements on the page. The site will be operated by XML.
The images will be scanned in black and white in order to maintain their authenticity.
I will use grayscale (8-bit) for material with shades of gray or continuous tones.
I wish to create high quality digital objects, which will be made available for future use, therefore I will use uncompressed TIFF to store the digital materials. This is the most suitable preservation format. The file formats I will employ for display and access is JPEG and PDF options. Researchers will need Adobe reader in order to create a printable copy. Researchers who wish to obtain an archival copy can use Photoshop. A great deal of detail needs to be captured here so I will use a fairly high resolution. Descriptive metadata will be prepared in advance and attached to each advertertisement.

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