Yippie Digitization Policy

As much of the printed ephemera created by the Youth International Party proclaimed: Yippie! Yippie! I have finally begun to unearth Yippie documentation and am excited about the opportunity for digitization. For the final proposal, I intend to digitize four main types of material: Yippie ephemera (primarily printed, however this might include items such as buttons etc…), publications (including Yippie sponsored material and other newspaper articles), photographs, and oral histories with surviving members of the 1960s Yippie Party. At this point, however, I can only focus on that which is readily available at the Bobst Library, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and online, which includes printed ephemera and selected publications. As mentioned before the difficulty in this project is that it will rely on material from collections all over the country. However, the very nature of digitization will enable me to develop a standard practice that can translate easily to each institution involved.

Digitization of ephemera, most publications, and photographs will be done in-house. The documents I have worked with so far are in good condition and do not require special handling, therefore scanning can be done by interns or student volunteers. Items will be scanned in color not only for archival purposes but to emphasize the theatrical nature of Yippie material. Allowing a researcher to see the original format of a bright pink Yippie flyer reading, ‘Raise an angry fist,’ not only helps one to better understand the spirit of the Party, but also enables the researcher to imagine more clearly what it was like to be handed or mailed such a document in the late 1960s. For archival purposes the documents will be scanned at 300 DPI (which seems sufficient) and saves both as a TIFF file for the archive and JPEG for the online version. I do not anticipate any need to ‘clean up’ or alter the original images in any way. I feel confident in having adequate storage for the material because I only anticipate hundreds, not thousands of documents to digitize. The oral histories, which would be saved in WAV format, will be the largest files to save and would be my only concern regarding archival space. However, I do not anticipate conducting more than ten interviews because a lot of the founders and early members of the Yippie Party have passed away. Much of the material I have seen thus far is hand drawn or includes illustrations therefore I would like to make available typed transcriptions online. This might not be necessary for the publications, however I would like to include it along with the ephemera. Even for the pamphlets and other items that are already typed, transcriptions would be helpful in order to search for keywords.

Items in the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives will be digitized first followed by the Yipster Times available at Bobst, and The Realist. Digitization of The Realist will be a collaborative venture with The Realist Archive Project (http://www.ep.tc/realist/82/01.html) which is an online “complete and unexpurgated republishing of all 146 issues.” Written by Yippie founder, Paul Krassner, The Realist dates back to 1959 so only select issues regarding Yippie activity will be digitized or available on my website. My naming system will be simple numbering with multiple pages noted by lower case letters, and the metadata will follow DublinCore standards. Fortunately for my project, Omeka software prompts the user to enter the appropriate metadata required for different formats. For example, if the format of the item is a document, Omeka automatically prompts the user to enter a transcription and describe the original format. If the item is a still image, Omeka prompts the user to enter the original format and physical dimensions. The oral history option provides room for information about the interviewer, interviewee, location, original format, duration and so on. Omeka will be a valuable tool in organizing and archiving my material.

Below are two examples of possible documents digitized for the project. The first is the front page of the September 1968 The Realist. The copyright belongs to The Realist Association and Paul Krassner and would have to be worked out before I could post this image on my website. The second example is (unfortunately) a scan of a copy, however it provides a good example at this point of a Yippie flyer circulated in 1968. It also documents a famous incident the Yippies held at Grand Central Station.

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