Digitization Policy

The Vice Admiralty Court papers of the New York Province project will focus on building an online archive, exhibit, and other components such as transcriptions and a handwriting key to expand a user's understanding of the material and provide greater accessibility to these New York historical documents.

The project manager and project producer/archivist will consult over the best method to scan the documents - either flatbed scanner hooked up to a computer or a digital camera - based on the fragility of the material. The initial scan will be done at 600 dpi as a TIFF, and later will be converted to a JPEG at 300 dpi. The other two members of the digitization project will perform a quality check on the converted images and then upload them to Omeka.

All scanning will be done at NARA to limit unnecessary handling of the materials involved in removal from the NARA facility. The project will require two computers - one hooked up to a flatbed scanner, both will need Adobe Photoshop software and at least one will need access to the internet for interaction with Omeka.

Below are three documents from the Papers Relating to a Piracy Case series.

Deposition of Francis Lewis.


Council at Fort George to determine the fate of those accused of harboring pirates.


Petition of James Vine and John Russell to Robert Hunter, Governor of the Province of New York.

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