Today we are happy to feature a guest post by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture's Manager of Archival Services, Aaisha Haykal.
Completion of Digitizing Twentieth Century Civil Rights Collections Grant
By Aaisha Haykal, Manager of Archival Services
Through the Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), DPLA has been working with existing DPLA Service Hubs to provide digital skills training for public librarians and connect them sustainably with state and regional resources for digitizing, describing, and exhibiting their cultural heritage content.
“Brandy, Whiteface, Blossom…” the plantation owner must love his cattle. He has spent the time to name all of his cattle as opposed to his horses, sheep and mules for which he only takes into account increases or decreases. His list of cattle is extensively detailed.
“They must have been producing some really good milk!”
It’s amazing to see the accountancy skills of the managers or owners of this plantation back in the day. They left no stone (or on this case, no cent) unaccounted for.
It still blows my mind the meticulous way in which they documented every single transaction. They even made extra notes, which may be considered mental notes, to themselves. E.g. the intention to Shift a worker from one area to another and the poor performance of worker.
Everything on this plantation seems to have been documented, even something as simple as where tools are to be kept.
Today August 24th, 2012 we completed the final check through of the inventory book, which proved to be hilarious. It took so long because we were checking and re-checking and re-checking as we thought that a mistake was made somewhere along the way as the number of tiffs was one more that what we had in the metadata.
So, upon doing all these checks and finding nothing we, meaning Harriet and myself, thought “What could the problem possible be?” “We are not crazy”…
Upon starting much care had to be given to this book in particular as its pages were very brittle, torn and falling apart. On many occasions two persons had to be on hand to turn pages and also to help in deciphering the writing.
After analyzing the document Harriet and I realized that this was in fact two books contained in one. One book/section detailed the rents and wages of Stock keepers and watchmen and the other looked at what was described as money renters.
Check out the Enhanced e-book for Katherine Mellen Charron's "Freedom's Teacher: The Life Of Septima Clark"! The Lowcountry Digital Library was lucky enough to be able to contribute some digital images and oral history clips to the project. Enjoy!
The South Carolina Digital Library (SCDL) is now represented in both the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Digital Collections and Content web portal and in Opening History: US Resources from Libraries, Museums and Archives. So far South Carolina, through SCDL, has added more items than any other state to this Illinois database of digital collections!