In May, I attended the annual conferences of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC), a large, joint conference in Montreal. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Florence flood, a disaster which inspired many people to become conservators, the theme was disaster preparedness. Here are a few of the highlights.
Cover of the conference program.
DIGITAL ASSESSMENT OF VIDEO WORKSHOP
I attended a full-day workshop on Digital Assessment Techniques for Video. The instructors were Kelly Haydon, Peter Oleksik and Erik Piil. We had a chance to try different types of software used to evaluate digital video files. We can use this in many situations, for example, if Continue reading
This post is of special interest to the mapping community and may be too technical for some researchers.
Scrolling down to the Notes area of a map description, the link will automatically start an ftp download. So that you can verify that the file downloaded correctly and completely, we’ve included the full file size and the MD5 checksum.
Scroll down the description to find the link to the TIFF on the City’s FTP site.
We’d love to hear what you discover or create with these maps!
Today is Incorporation Day, marking 130 years since the City was officially incorporated. The City of Vancouver is 130 years old!
Tillicum the otter, mascot for the Vancouver Centennial Commission’s celebrations. Identifier 2011-010.2218.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve recently been given funding from the B.C. History Digitization Program to digitize photographs and some graphics from the Vancouver Centennial Commission fonds. The Centennial Commission was formed in 1979 and was responsible for organizing Vancouver’s Centennial celebrations in 1986.
1980s-style bike racks, a Vancouver Legacies project. Identifier CVA 775-3.
In addition to that project, we will be digitizing photographs from the City’s Legacy Program. This program was designed to enhance civic infrastructure (for example, by painting and lighting the Burrard Bridge) and to embellish the City with public art, amenities and signage.
Totem pole carving in progress. A Vancouver Legacies project. Identifier CVA 775-9.1.
We’ll be making these available as quickly as we can, releasing them in batches as they are ready, so that you can use them as soon as possible. Watch this space—we’ll let you know!
Thanks to funding from the British Columbia History Digitization Program, we’ve recently completed a project to digitize over 2100 maps and plans and made them available online for you to use and re-use. We’ve tried to digitize these maps with enough resolution to support future types of re-use and processing, including optical character recognition and feature extraction.
These maps and plans hold quite a variety of information. We have put a small selection of images on flickr as a sample.
Want to see how the city was reshaped? You can see the before and after of a section of Point Grey in 1925, before it was part of the City of Vancouver.
Plan of government subdivision at Point Grey, B.C. Reference code AM1594-: MAP 359.
The Archives will be closed for the long weekend and open again on Tuesday.
Two girls looking at rabbit on table, Pacific National Exhibition, 1952, detail. Reference code AM281-S8-: CVA 180-1765.
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In late November, I attended the annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) in Portland, Oregon. Here are a few of the highlights.
Portlandia at night
Once again, AMIA partnered with the Digital Library Foundation (DLF) on a one-day event where archivists and developers could work together on digital problems. This year’s award-winning projects were: Continue reading
We’re pleased to announce that our project to create a historical layer in Vanmap from the 1912 Goad’s Fire Insurance Plan has won a BC Heritage award in the Heritage Education & Awareness category.
The awards will be presented February 18 at The Imperial, a renovated heritage building.
We’re looking forward to learning about the rest of the winning projects. Come chat with us if you’re at the gala!
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Tagged awards, maps
On January 1st, the copyright expired for some of our holdings: they are now in the public domain in Canada. Digital materials are no longer restricted to being viewed only at the Archives, but are available online to all. Here’s a quick look at some of the digital objects that have become easier to view and re-use.
Publicity photo of Polack Bros. Circus 1965 clowns. Reference code AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6027.
The Archives will be closed from noon December 24 to 9am Monday, January 4.
Cover of Christmas menu for Hotel Vancouver, 1891
Inside pages of Christmas menu, Hotel Vancouver, 1891
This 1891 Christmas menu from the first Hotel Vancouver (the current one is the third) is in AM108, the Oppenheimer family fonds. It is part of a file called Scrapbook: New Year’s Christmas Greetings.
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We have a specialized, custom-built freezer to provide the highest standard of care for the storage of our photographic materials. It was the first institutional freezer built to the specifications researched by the Smithsonian Institution and it was officially opened by Mayor Philip Owen on February 20, 2002.
Mayor Owen is offered scissors to cut the ribbon on the freezer in 2002.
Why a Freezer?
Some types of photographic materials are unstable and cold storage will prolong their useful lives. Storage at freezer temperatures will prolong their lives the longest.
Without cold storage, cellulose acetate negatives wrinkle and become brittle
as they give off acetic acid (vinegar). Continue reading