Daily Worker Negatives Metadata and Added Value

Metadata and Search

• Title of photograph (Often includes place)
• Description: A visual description of the contents of the photograph that will allow for greater text searching.
• Caption (Only if the project progresses past the digitization of the negatives to the digitization of prints which contain considerable original metadata)
• Date taken (Month and year, rarely includes the day)
• Place (This will often need to be fleshed out)
• Photographer
• Format/Dimensions (e.g. negative, 4x5)
• Library of Congress Subject Headings
• Tags
• Categories (i.e. Communist Party, Arts and Entertainment, New York City Neighborhoods, New York City Politics, Trade Unions, Strikes and Rallies, Causes and Movements, World War II, Sports, Progressive Personalities, International)
• Rights
• Box and Shoot-Negative # (From original finding aid)
• Digital ID

Some metadata elements, including LOC Subject Headings, will be hyperlinked to allow for browsing across the collection.

Users will be able to browse by categories listed on the left hand side of the page. They will also be able to search within categories and/or years, or within the collection as a whole.

Added Value

Introduction: A short introduction to the Daily Worker Photo Morgue, including some history of the paper, a description of the scope and content of the photo morgue, and how and why it was compiled, including how it came to Tamiment. This introduction will also include a summary of some of the events, people and places pictured in the collection. There should also be an explanation of what portion of the photo morgue has been digitized and why. At the end there should be a list of people who worked on the project and their titles, and information on rights and reproductions.

Historical essay: A 2,000-2,500 word essay that relates the history of the Daily Worker and the Communist Party. The emphasis will be on the history of the paper itself, how and why it developed, its personnel and ownership, and its approach to journalism and photojournalism. This is especially important since there appear to be no printed histories of the paper. The essay therefore has the chance to be authoritative and explanatory in an influential way.

It will explore the role that photography and other types of imagery played in the paper’s process and development, relating the visual culture of the newspaper to the politics and aesthetics of the Communist Party and the Popular Front. The essay will also seek to contextualize the photographs within the social documentary tradition—of Hine, Lange, Evans, the Photo League—and within the culture and history of photojournalism (i.e. Weegee, or Arthur Fellig, who photographed for the paper, and exhibited with the Photo League). The essay will also discuss the relationship of the photos to the history of New York City. It will include a section on the photographers themselves, what we know and don’t know about them, why we know so little, and who they might have been.

Biographies of major progressive figures and organizations pictured in the archive with images of from the collection, and linked to from other areas of the site.

Map: A visualization of New York City that maps selected photographs. Clicking on a photo on the map will call up an image with metadata and also the opportunity to view a current image of the street.

Timeline: Should give users an introduction to the history of the CP, and some of its main characters. Will be illustrated with photographs from the archive, and each year will be browsable.

Dynamic homepage: Will include some blog-like aspect that allows the site to feature individual photographs that are particularly compelling and visually strong, with short resonant captions or stories contextualizing the images. This could be kept up by Tamiment staff. The site could also have a dynamic homepage simply by alternating and highlighting images that are particularly strong in a visually appealing way. In this way, the site will fulfill both visual and archival objectives.

Username and password: You don’t need to login to view the photographs but logging in will allow you to post comments and use a Lightbox feature which allows you to collect photos that you are interested for future reference and ordering.

Social media: Ability to repost photos on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

Downloading: Ability to download good quality JPGs, and repost under fair use. Must write Tamiment for high quality TIFF images, and get permission of Tamiment/CO to publish.

A physical exhibit to go hand in hand with the site.

Crowdsourcing: Tamiment will contribute selected images from the Daily Worker Photo Morgue to the Flickr Commons.

It is also possible that the site will serve as an impetus for the digitization of the Daily Worker itself, which is now available only on microfilm, in which case the photo morgue will truly come alive.

A short bibliography.

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