ROSLYN – The Roslyn Museum and the Roslyn Library will introduce a new collection of historic photographs from the Roslyn Museum now available via the Internet in a slide show presentation on Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 pm at the Roslyn Library at 201 S. First Street in Roslyn.
The Roslyn Museum Collection includes 107 photographs from the museum’s collection that were selected for digitization based on the importance of the images in telling the history of the area and on whether the images had been digitized for other collections.
Best of all, they are now available for everyone to see. Erin Krake, Roslyn librarian explains: “Most of these photographs were tucked away in boxes and file folders, invisible and unknown unless you had a museum volunteer who would sit down and share them with you.”
And preservation and access was just the beginning, because even if you were able to look at them, Krake continues, that didn’t mean you knew the story behind the pictures.
“That’s where Sue Litchfield came in,” Krake says. “She has done a lot of very good research over the years, and now specifically for each of these photographs, and so nearly every one of the 100 plus images we digitized has detailed history attached to it.”
The public can view, download or print the images from their own computers in their own homes or from any computer in the world. This 24/7 accessibility is something Krake expects will helps students, family historians, researchers, and the general public to find rich and accurate information about the history of the upper county area.
Using the tools of the Internet and digital technology and collaborating through a Washington State Library grant, she says, the library and museum have created a relevant and effective partnership:
“They (the Roslyn Museum) collect and house historical objects, photographs and documents, just as they always have. And we (the Roslyn Library) help to make it accessible to the public.
On the evening of October 20th, Litchfield, Krake and Scott Templin will share a selection of the photographs and stories from the new Roslyn Museum Collection and teach folks how to access them online.
The three have worked together on two other digitization projects in the past: the Frank Badda Collection and the Pioneer Queens Collection. Litchfield conducted the research, wrote the descriptions, and cataloged the data while Templin did the technical work of scanning and optimizing the photographs.
This latest digitization project has been especially near and dear to their hearts. Besides being passionate about local history, Litchfield and Templin are both dedicated museum volunteers; Templin is current Chairman of the Board of the Roslyn Historical Museum Society, and Litchfield is a volunteer docent and tour guide on most weekends.
As for the library, one of its core goals is to provide a robust collection of materials to the public, including local history materials, and to utilize the technologies available so that people can access them in a variety of forms and formats. The Roslyn Heritage Collection, of which the Roslyn Museum Collection is one part, accomplishes this goal, both by organizing the local history information into a collection and by making that collection accessible to the public.
Furthermore, Krake sees this project as a stepping stone for ongoing collaboration between the library and museum:
“Scott has a real urgency about digitization in terms of preserving materials that are in danger of loss due to deterioration. Sue has a passion for research and for stories. And I am the one who has to have it all organized, relevant, and consistent. So, I think we make a pretty good team. I think the result is a quality collection that we can build on as time and resources permit.”
The Roslyn Museum Collection was made possible by a $7,500 grant from the Washington State Library / Office of the Secretary of State, funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is a part of the Roslyn Heritage Collection and the Washington Rural Heritage project.
To view the images in the Roslyn Museum Collection, visit the Roslyn Museum’s website www.roslynmuseum.com and click on Links, then Roslyn Heritage. Or visit the Roslyn Library’s website www.roslynlibrary.org and click on Roslyn History, then Roslyn Museum Collection. You can view them one by one or search for names, decades, subjects, locations, keywords, or more.