Digitizing the Source Materials.
The contents of the Haymarket Affair Digital Collection are digital files of original documents and artifacts. The digital image files were created in most cases by direct scanning of these "source materials" on an Agfa Duoscan T2000 flatbed scanner. Where the source materials were either oversize documents or three-dimensional artifacts, they were photographed in color, and scans were then made from the photographic transparencies. Manuscripts were also manually transcribed, and electronic text files as well as image files are provided for these items.
Who Created the Digital Collection?
Many members of the Chicago Historical Society staff contributed to creating the Haymarket Affair Digital Collection. Bernard F. Reilly, Jr., CHS Director of Research and Access, directed the project and wrote the introductory materials. CHS Archivist Emeritus Archie Motley and Chief Cataloger Linda Evans originally identified and proposed the Haymarket materials as the focus of the digital collection. Chief Cataloger Linda Evans also planned workflow and directed creation of the cataloging and metadata procedures for all of the documents and artifacts included.
Melinda Spitzer, Project Editor, organized and researched the documents and artifacts for digital presentation; supervised imaging and digitization of the materials and transcription of documents; and shaped the html presentation of the collection.
Matthew Cook, CHS Rights and Reproductions Coordinator, set up CHS collection scanning and digitization capabilities. Matthew Crenshaw, CHS Web Editor, and Your Plan B Design Company created the design for the introductory pages and provided assistance and advice on Web site formatting and search engines. Rosemary Adams, Director of Publications, coordinated CHS editorial support and facilitated realization of the collection Web site.
Technical support at CHS: Cheryl Obermeyer, Director of Information Services; Kevin Scott, Systems Administrator and Joseph Podlasek, Technical Support Engineer.
Conservation of documents and artifacts: Carol Turchan, Paper Conservator
Original object photography: John Alderson, Senior Photographer, and Jay Crawford, Photographer
Artifact retrieval and identification: Nancy Buenger, Textile Conservator; Sorrel Goodwin, Collections Manager; and Tim Long, Hope B. McCormick Costumes Collection Manager
Cataloging the collection: Patrick Ashley, Associate Librarian
Imaging support: Leith Rohr, Research Specialist; Clarence Clark, Collections Manager; and Katie Walenter, Research & Access Intern
Transcription and initial html coding of the trial transcript: Apex Data Services, Herndon, Virginia
Scanning of the trial transcript: Electronic Imaging Services, Chicago, Illinois
Web Site Development: Your Plan B Company, Chicago, Illinois
Special thanks are due to Professor Carl Smith of Northwestern University and CHS Curator of Architecture Timothy Samuelson for their historical insights, advice, and support, which enriched the Haymarket Affair Digital Collection in many ways.