Ask An Archivist: A Behind the Scenes Look at the University Archives

Shelves of archival boxes

Every October, archives around the country celebrate American Archives Month and Ask an Archivist Day to raise the public’s awareness of our profession and the collections we care for. This October we are excited to share a new exhibit with you, What We Don’t Have: Confronting the Absences of Diversity in the University Archives.

Libraries Use Computer Vision to Explore Archival Photo Collection

CAMPI CFA search results

An internal web application built by Libraries faculty and staff leverages computer vision to improve the discoverability of archival photos by allowing archivists to quickly find groups of images depicting similar subjects and add descriptive metadata tags in bulk.

Computer-Aided Metadata generation for Photo archives Initiative (CAMPI), was inspired by a request from the CMU Marketing and Communications team, which regularly works with the University Archives to source images for online and print materials. 

A Good Canvas, Yet Unfinished: The Posner Bill of Rights and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment

A Good Canvas, Yet Unfinished: The Posner Bill of Rights and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment
 
The photograph above shows a copy of the American Bill of Rights, an early printing published by the Philadelphia firm of Childs and Swain in January or February, 1792 and now held in the Posner Memorial Collection. The Posner Bill of Rights is one of the Libraries’ true rarities; it may, in fact, be the rarest single artifact we hold.

Hear from Some of the Greatest Minds in Computer Science

Image of CS lecture from vintage video

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit in a lecture from Nobel Prize winner, Turing Award recipient, and artificial intelligence expert Herb Simon? Attendees at the June 11 event "The Power of Pioneers: Preserving CMU's Computer Science Videotape Collection," hosted by the University Libraries and the School of Computer science, had the opportunity to do exactly that, thanks to a vintage recording that has recently been digitized.

Improving Access to the University Archives’ Audiovisual Materials

Improving Access to the University Archives’ Audiovisual Materials

This spring the University Archives launched a new Vimeo channel to highlight and provide online access to some of the remarkable audiovisual holdings in our collections. Over the coming months we will continue to add newly and previously digitized content from the university’s history. The new site will also be the future home of recordings from the CMU Oral History Program.

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