November 18, 2019

Digitization Projects: “How the Obsidian Collection is Bringing Black Newspapers to Google”

From Chicago Magazine:

Digitizing legacy. That’s the job of the curators behind The Obsidian Collection – archivists for The Chicago DefenderBaltimore Afro American and other historically black newspapers in the United States.

Their task is massive: digitize every image and article from newspapers that played a central role in the Great Migration, Civil Rights and Jim Crow eras. But they won’t have to do it all alone. Google Arts & Culture is working with the Obsidian group on creating digital exhibits that can be free and searchable by anyone around the world.

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Eight exhibits are live on Google, giving people access to a wide range of images, from famed boxer Joe Louis at home in Chicago to coverage of a 1959 housewares show that illustrates how middle class black families lived at the time.

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Learn More, Direct to The Obsidian Collection Website

Direct to Digitized Material From Obsidian Collections (via Google Arts & Culture)

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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