Digitizing the Michalak Collection
This collaborative project of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities and University Libraries aims to preserve, digitize, and make accessible via multiple platforms Loyola's Thomas J. Michalak Collection. Initial funding ($25,000) was provided by Loyola's competitive Multidisciplinary Research Grants program.
The Michalak collection consists of over 1000 objects--eighteenth- and nineteenth-century broadside prints, political cartoons, graphical satires, illustrated books and pamphlets, finding aids and reference works. Under the supervision of Kathy Young and Douglas Guerra, the project has digitized an initial group of 66 prints, and those digital images with metadata are now publicly available in Loyola’s Digital Special Collections. Programmer Griffin Moe is now working with Steven Jones and Nick Hayward to create a mobile app for viewing the images with a multi-touch interface and using annotated edited pathways.
The project makes use of the dual-camera Atiz BookDrive Pro scanner in University Archives, which is useful for digitizing both bound books and broadsides within the same workflow.