E. T. Start Collection

South Caroliniana Library

E. T. Start of New York State moved to Camden South Carolina in 1903, as the photographer at the Kirkwood Hotel. Photographing the Winter Colony and local scenes, he spent time in Camden until c. 1945.

This collection features images of people, animals, and houses in Camden, S.C., including white and African-American families, horse-drawn vehicles, horseback riding, women in riding habits, polo, birds, dog tricks, chickens, turkeys, gardens, tennis, the house “Bohemia,” and trip to the mountains.

Beth Bilderback of the South Caroliniana Library suggested this collection and allowed the Digital Activities Department access to it for scanning. Christine Angel (MLIS, 2007) created the metadata for the photographs in an excel spread sheet from the finding aid provided by Beth Bilderback. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format. Angel also scanned the negatives on a flatbed Epson Expression 1000XL Photo scanner, using Silverfast scanning software. She scanned the images as color TIFFs at 24-bit and 1200 ppi. From the TIFFs she created high quality JPEGs and added preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. Angel and Santi Thompson (MLIS, 2008) 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. Angel and 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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