Kappa Kappa Gamma
“Our archives were bursting at the seams. We have a lot of stuff. Embarking on a comprehensive archives digitization effort is one of the most monumental tasks we’ve undertaken since our founding. And to complete it on the eve of our 150th anniversary is the perfect timing. We were thrilled to get started, and so nervous.
The HistoryIT team conducted a thorough evaluation of our collections, helped us see their potential with a strategic plan, and have been with us every step of the way as we figure out what to do with fragile scrapbooks, moldy ledgers, and glittering jewelry.
The treasures that Kappas have meticulously collected for the last 150 years have been given new life and can be shared with future generations long after VHS tapes can no longer be played or hand lettered ledgers become unreadable. Connections are being made and conclusions are being drawn on a daily basis.
Even before we made the partnership official, the HistoryIT team has treated our history as their own and handled our collections as though they were their own family treasures.”
-Kylie Towers Smith, KKG Archivist/Museum Director & Maggie Sims Coons, KKG Executive Director
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
“HistoryIT played a critical role in helping us move from multiple silos of collection data to one master database. The complexity of this operation presented many challenges, and the HistoryIT staff was able to both explain the issues, but also to help resolve problems and define objectives. The end result will be a digital system which allows us to present our collection to every baseball fan regardless of their ability to visit Cooperstown.”
-Jim Gates, Library Director
University of Indianapolis
“Working with HistoryIT to create a Digital Mayoral Archive allowed the University of Indianapolis to create new value from our existing wealth of historical assets, and to share that value with our community. Our Mayoral Archive contains never before seen documents, images and artifacts about the key political and business figures in our city. While our stewardship of these archives allows us to continue our commitment to scholarly research, HistoryIT’s innovative approach has allowed us to be a leader among interactive digital archives, an investment that also strengthens our connections with donors, business leaders, and civic organizations in our city.”
-Robert L. Manuel, PhD, President
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
“HistoryIT is working with us to bring our rich history and valuable archives collection alive. Telling our story – past, present, and long into the future – through the eyes of our men connects us more deeply. This continuum will serve to enable significant results in member education and personal development, recruitment of the best young men, sustained commitment of our alumni, and academic research. The HistoryIT approach to holistically link events to ordinary people using pictures, artifacts, and stories is very compelling. The staff is professional, detailed, flexible to our needs, and intimately engaged with every aspect of the project; a pleasure to work with in every respect.”
-General William Grimsley, SAE Foundation President & CEO
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education
“As early adopters of digital technologies in the early 2000’s we needed to revamp our online presence and were looking for new ways to bring out the deep and rich histories the digitized items in our collections could tell our worldwide audience. Partnering with HistoryIT has provided us with a new collections platform that goes far beyond anything we could have accomplished in-house and finally gives us a way to translate the storytelling we do on site to our website.
HistoryIT worked with a broad range of key stakeholders at our institution to create a metadata schema that not only serves to provide descriptive information, but that has been expanded to seamlessly provide the user with connections between the broad range of imagery, stories, and histories our items present.
HistoryIT’s amazing staff and their company philosophy has not only provided a way to realize our educational mission online today, but has provided us with a roadmap in the form of a digital strategic plan so that we can continue to be a digital leader in our field for many years to come.”
-Ian Fowler, Director of The Osher Map Library and Library Digital Initiatives
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
“When the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies was looking for a company to help us complete the extraordinary task of digitizing our publications and four decades of student work, we knew how critical it was to find just the right partner. HistoryIT became just that for us.
Our archives hold the nonfiction stories of thousands of Maine and New England people and families- stories of survival, endurance, love, faith, discovery, perseverance and so much more. The public sharing of these stories had to be managed to the highest artistic and ethical standards that have made Salt’s reputation and 40+ year legacy what it is today.
HistoryIT not only met but far exceeded our expectations in creating a digital story archive that our alumni and fellow Mainers and New Englanders can be incredibly proud of. The level of diligence and care that they exhibited in handling photographs, publications, recordings and multi-media holdings, as well as the knowledge, creativity and expertise they displayed in the design and functionality of the digital archive was beyond compare.
A forty-year-long dream has been achieved, being able to showcase the student work and publications from The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. The end product is as intuitive to use as it is beautifully designed. We are so grateful and so proud to be able to share this phenomenal achievement. To HistoryIT we’d like to give our profound thanks and our highest endorsement.”
–Donna Galluzzo, Consulting Director, Salt @ MECA
Connecticut Historical Society
“We hired HistoryIT to develop a strategic plan for moving our museum, library and archival collections forward in the digital environment. The staff we worked with were professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable. The plan they produced was creative and audience-focused while maintaining strict adherence to professional standards. We are pleased and moving forward on implementation.”
– Jody Blankenship, Chief Executive Officer
Friends of Island History
“On Mount Desert Island in Maine, a consortium of seventeen archival organizations called “Friends of Island History” (FOIH), wanted to find ways to collaborate, share resources, and better serve the public.
The member organizations of FOIH are diverse, ranging from a national park and a small college to libraries, museums, and small local historical societies. FOIH was especially concerned about the difficulty researchers and the public encountered in trying to navigate disparate catalog systems. The researcher interested in exploring any topic pertaining to the history of Mount Desert Island faced a daunting and disparate array of catalog systems and processes for searching the member organizations’ collections.
FOIH turned to HistoryIT for help. In response, HistoryIT conducted interviews with FOIH’s key stakeholders and identified the various ways in which the collections are managed. Based on a thorough process of interviews and a survey, HistoryIT created a prototype unified search interface. Regardless of catalog system or technology, the prototype demonstrates that all institutions can share and communicate their resources, while maintaining their own vocabulary and organizational methods.
FOIH members were delighted with HistoryIT’s ability to cross many organizational lines to provide a practical and beneficial solution to a perplexing problem.”
– Tim Garrity, Executive Director, Mount Desert Island Historical Society
“Meadville Lombard has worked closely with HistoryIT to devise a strategy that will digitally preserve and make accessible our valuable historical collections. HistoryIT not only brings an unparalleled expertise to this work, but continually demonstrates a unique sensitivity to the culture of Unitarian Universalism, a necessary ingredient to their success.”
– Rev. Lee Barker, President, Meadville Lombard Theological School