Fritz Hollings: In His Own Words

South Carolina Political Collections

Fritz Hollings: In His Own Words is a collection of Senator Hollings’ writings, speeches, photographs, and audio files from his days as Lt. Governor, Governor, and U.S. Senator. 200 items showcase the compelling intellect, keen wit, and, at times, sharp tongue that Senator Hollings was known for in South Carolina and on Capitol Hill.

Herb Hartsook of South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) suggested the creation of this digital collection to be selected from the Papers of Ernest Hollings. Lori Schwartz of SCPC chose the documents and created the metadata for each in an Excel spread sheet. As Senator Fritz Hollings is an excellent observer of government and society, Lori thoroughly enjoyed selecting documents from his collection to make up “In His Own Words.” The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format. Lori scanned the documents on a flatbed Epson Expression 1000XL Photo scanner, using Silverfast scanning software, as color TIFFs at 24-bit and 300 dpi. From the TIFFs she created high quality JPEGs and added preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. She uploaded the JPEGs to the CONTENTdm server. The TIFFs will be maintained as the archival masters on DVD. Lori also created a home page for the collection with technical assistance from Digital Collections. The work could also not have been done without the help of Tony Branch, of the Systems Department, who is the systems administrator for the CONTENTdm database and helps to manage the computers and scanners in the Digital Collections Department.

Santi Thompson (MLIS, 2008) and Kate Boyd of Digital Collections provided training and assistance throughout the project.

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