Topical Sketches by Douglas G. Ward

Irvin Department of Special Collections

About the Collection

This World War I soldier’s sketchbook is the mark of Cpl. Douglas G. Ward, an otherwise unknown British soldier-artist. Douglas G. Ward entered the military and trained at Catterick Camp, the infantry training center and was assigned to the 7th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment which was part of the 33rd Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division, landing at Sulva Bay (Gallipoli) 7th August 1915. Ward was wounded at the Somme and on leaving the hospital in 1916 he was transferred to a different unit and was sent to India. His sketches are executed in pen and ink and watercolor and cover subjects ranging from basic training to romance. The sketchbook was acquired in 2006 with funding from the UofSC Educational Foundation. The sketchbook was purchased by the Thomas Cooper Library for the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collections.


The digitization of this World War I soldier’s sketchbook is a project made possible by a School of Library and Information internship held by Kristin Florian and shared between the Rare Books and Special Collections Department and the Digital Activities Department of the University of South Carolina Libraries. Elizabeth Sudduth of Rare Books and Special Collections suggested this sketchbook and allowed the Digital Activities Department access to it for scanning. Kristin Florian created the metadata for the photographs in an excel spreadsheet. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format. Florian scanned the photographs on a flatbed Epson Expression 10000XL Photo scanner, using SilverFast scanning software. She scanned the images as color TIFFs at 24-bit and 300dpi. From the TIFFs, she created high-quality JPEGs and added preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. Florian 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. Florian also created a home page for the collection. The website was designed by Robert Blank (MLIS 2013). 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. Kristin Florian’s work was supported by Santi Thompson (Digital Activities) and Elizabeth Sudduth (Rare Books and Special Collections).

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