Carolina Students Handbook

South Caroliniana Library

The Carolina Student’s Handbook offers a glimpse of the campus culture at the University of South Carolina from the 1920s through the 1940s. Published annually by the University’s YMCA and YWCA chapters, it was primarily aimed at freshman, and included information on the honor code, campus traditions, songs, organizations, athletics, and more. The handbook also urged students to shop at the local businesses that advertised in the handbook.

Creating the Digital Collection

The handbook was scanned on a flatbed Epson Expression 10000 XL Scanner, using Silverfast scanning software. Sarah Fletcher scanned the images as color TIFFs at 24-bit and 300 ppi. From the TIFFs Sarah Fletcher created high quality JPEGs and added the preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. The JPEG files were uploaded to CONTENTdm. The TIFFs will be maintained as the archival masters on a SAN server, backed-up to DVD and tape.

Sarah Fletcher created the home page and the metadata for the collection. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format and were uploaded as a tab delimited file at the same time as the images. Kate reviewed the collection and uploaded the images to the CONTENTdm database.

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