Digital Collections Blog

Interview with Alena Smith

poem written on part of envelope

Guest post by Campbell Hannan, ’21 “This show could never have been made if there wasn’t this digital archive.” When I posted a side-by-side comparison of George Gould (Class of 1850) and Samuel Farnsworth, the actor who plays him on the Apple TV+ show Dickinson, as the weekly installation of my Fridays with Emily feature…

What’s in a name?: Transcription, Research, and Discovery

As discussed in our previous post about our ongoing Transcription Project, providing transcriptions of our digitized archival materials makes those materials more accessible to our community. We are finding that transcription itself can be an interesting way to engage with these materials. Especially in a correspondence collection such as the Justin Perkins Papers, where our…

Transcribe Us: the Evolution of a Library Transcription Project

When I started my internship with Digital Programs last fall, I was encouraged by my colleagues to find a long term project to work on, to contribute to my professional portfolio and to explore my interests and how they could incorporate or enhance the resources of the library and college. I took some time to…

Avery Farmer, Amherst Class of 2020

A Black Power fist raised at Commencement 1969.

I worked on the digital projects of the colleges archives for all but my first year as a student at Amherst College, and over time the photographs, publications, and physical objects from the last two centuries that I encountered contributed to the way I thought about the college’s history and my own role in it….

Looking back with kindly eyes –

image of scrapbook from 1880's

Our very first digitized scrapbook is now available! Thanks to William Belcher Whitney (1887). It is January of 2020, and this marks the ending of the more than three year Bicentennial digitization project in the library to add college history materials to our digital collection.  Though we will continue to add new collections throughout the…

Introduction: Digital Programs Graduate Intern

My name is Hallie Twiss, and I am the new Digital Programs Graduate Intern! For my first blog post, I wanted to give a short introduction of myself, and explain how I came to a career in Library and Information Science (LIS). I grew up on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. I’ve had what…

My experience as the Digital Programs Graduate Student Intern

Post by Jessica Dampier, Simmons University MLIS ’19 I have been working in Frost Library as the Digital Programs Graduate Student Intern since fall of 2016. Things have changed a lot in our department over the past three years, and for a variety of reasons the work I was doing when I first got hired…

Delving into Student Publications

In May, we completed and ingested our largest group of material yet: series 1 of the Amherst College Student & Alumni Publications Collection. This sub-section of the collection contains many of the publications created by Amherst students during their time here at Amherst. Still to come from this collection are the majority of the student…

Adventures with the Henry J. Van Lennep Collection

     In 2018 I worked closely with the Henry J. Van Lennep Collection, one of the collections that the Digital Programs department and Archives and Special Collections have selected for digitization for the upcoming Amherst College bicentennial. This chance to work with the Van Lennep collection was interesting and appealing to me for several…