Digital Collections Blog

black and white photograph of Amherst, MA featuring Amherst College, 1800s

Changing Seasons

This post was written by Hallie Twiss, Digital Programs’ Graduate Intern from 2019-2021 As some people may know, next week I will be wrapping up my time as the Graduate Intern for Digital Programs. Reflecting on this time is proving to be difficult, as this experience has not looked the way I thought it would…Continue Reading Changing Seasons

Retelling Amherst Stories in the Digital Age

black and white photographs on yellow wall

When the pandemic prevented students from entering the digitization photography studio, the Digital Programs department decided to pivot to Instagram. Campbell Hannan ‘21 and Emma Candland ’23 took over what was then “@amherstdigcoll” and transformed the small, relatively new inconsistent account into @frostfinds, a vibrant account that posts daily and frequently engages with the Amherst…Continue Reading Retelling Amherst Stories in the Digital Age

Amherst Stories on Display

picture of poster exhibit in Frost library

Posters line the mezzanine in Frost Library, featuring a handful of portraits of members of the Amherst College community from the two hundred year history of the institution. While the library is still restricted to current students, faculty, and staff, we wanted to create a virtual exhibit of the portraits featured on campus for all…Continue Reading Amherst Stories on Display

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…Continue Reading Interview with Alena Smith

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

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…Continue Reading Transcribe Us: the Evolution of a Library Transcription Project

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….Continue Reading Avery Farmer, Amherst Class of 2020

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…Continue Reading Looking back with kindly eyes –

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…Continue Reading My experience as the Digital Programs Graduate Student Intern