The Meredith Willson Digital Collection
HistoryIT partnered with The Great American Songbook Foundation to create the Meredith Willson Digital Collection. The site offers an intimate look into the life and art of a man who became a multimedia celebrity and success story. Items include photos and musical scores dating to the 1920s; scripts from radio shows he hosted; character sketches and early drafts for The Music Man; personal scrapbook pages; correspondence with such famous figures as former first lady Mamie Eisenhower, a fellow Iowa native who became a close friend; and Vietnam-era letters exchanged with a nephew who later died in combat.
Discover DC History Digital Collections
Discover DC History tells rich stories from the history of the nation’s capital and allows the public to easily search and view items in the archive including contracts, correspondence, deeds, photographs, postcards, ephemera, and three-dimensional museum artifacts. Managing the digital assets in HistoryIT’s Digital Platform Environment allows viewers to search items across collections and by item type.
Salt Story Archive
The Salt Story Archive is the result of digitization and creation of comprehensively searchable materials, which is available via HistoryIT’s Digital Platform Environment. The project required a team of historians, digital technicians, metadata specialists, and content experts to create a well-designed and intuitive site that invites the public to explore stories from New England’s recent past. Viewers can explore the site by story type (multimedia, photography, writing, and radio), by selecting people, topics, regions or dates, browsing through articles in publications, or conducting a quick or advanced search. Regardless of the approach, the result will render comprehensive and interweaving results.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Digital Legacy
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Digital Legacy showcases several hundred of the more than four million images, documents and artifacts collected since the Fraternity was founded in 1856. The site includes digitized photographs, scrapbooks and publications, as well as a timeline that traces U.S. and Sigma Alpha Epsilon history, and an interactive exhibit that includes photographs and letters from World War I. Items are discoverable through multiple portals and include extensive subject and people tags to help connect materials on the site.
Babe Ruth Digital Scrapbooks
HistoryIT’s digital presentation of the first of Babe Ruth’s twenty-five scrapbooks, available at baberuth.historyit.com, allows site visitors to explore each page by zooming in and out or clicking on any individual article for a closer view. Additionally, it provides short essays and contextual explanations for each page, as well as every item on the page. It is built on HistoryIT’s Digital Platform Environment with integrated Klixel8 technology, which enables virtual visitors to navigate among activated image elements on each page. Viewers are invited to delve deeper into the stories and look for tagged subjects to discover the connections within this wealth of information.
Osher Map Library
HistoryIT partnered with the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education to provide them with a digital strategic plan and our Digital Platform Environment as their new collections platform. Now their site, oshermaps.org, is supported by an enhanced metadata schema that not only offers descriptive information, but also seamlessly provides the user with connections between the broad range of imagery, stories, and histories from their vast collection.