Spartanburg at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

South Caroliniana Library

This collection includes A Story of Spartan Push: The Greatest Cotton Manufacturing Centre in the South: Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Its Resources by Edward P. McKissick and Spartanburg, City and County, South Carolina: Their Wonderful Attractions and Marvelous Advantages as a Place of Settlement, and for the Profitable Investment of Capital by the Spartanburg Board of Trade. The volume combines the first reprints of two early histories of the upstate’s second largest city, detailing Spartanburg’s economic and cultural resources in the 1890s.


Dr. Allen Stokes, director of the South Caroliniana Library, suggested the collection and allowed the Digital Activities Department access for scanning. Bella Wenum (BA, 2009) created the metadata for the books in an Excel spread sheet from the library catalog entry. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format. Wenum scanned the book on a flatbed Avision A3 Bookedge Scanner FB6080E, using Avision scanning software. She scanned the images as color TIFFs at 24-bit and 600 ppi. From the TIFFs Wenum created high quality JPEGs and added preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. Wenum uploaded the JPEGs to the CONTENTdm server. The TIFFs will be maintained as the archival masters on a SAN server, backed-up to DVD and tape. Wenum also created a home page for the collection.

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 Activities Department.

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