We are currently in the midst of checking and editing metadata for the previously scanned images and negatives mentioned in the last update. By early April, we had digitized well over 1,600 additional images in varying formats and had begun work on the 1,400 plus negatives remaining in the collection.
When digitizing large collections of materials like this in such a short period of time, duplication is bound to occur, and as part of Workman’s artistic process, he kept several copies of his works. As a result, we are currently taking the time to review our progress, remove any identical images, and clean up the accompanying metadata in order to present the public with the best version of each item from Workman’s photograph collection. The majority of the negatives from the collection are duplicates of prints still in excellent condition that have already been scanned, which explains why I have digitized only 18 negatives thus far. Make sure to watch for the release of new materials online by mid-July.
Below is an example of duplicates found in the collection. Two were chosen to be scanned; two were not due to damage and obvious duplication.
“Cross Keys House (Claud Wilburn home). Union County, November 8, 1946”
Post and highlight selection by Chauna Carr
Reprocessing and digitization of the William D. Workman, Jr. Papers photographs has been made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission.