Ensuring online access to 125 years of Massachusetts History
The Trustees sought to digitize their extensive historical collections, in an effort to make materials more widely available to the public for the first time. The Trustees’ archives, ranging from museum quality art and objects to historic and present day photos, manuscripts, news clippings, and artefacts were to be compiled in an online catalogue.
During the planning stage of the project, the Trustees’ Archives & Research Centre (ARC) team initially approached preservation and access as two separate components, interviewing both digital preservation vendors and web development agencies to separately take on what was originally thought of as two distinct project phases.
“We realized, however, our goals would be best served if we used a single system to preserve as well as provide access to our digital assets,” said Alison Bassett, Manager of The Trustees’ Archives & Research Centre. “We were thrilled to discover Preservica and learn they have created similar platforms for so many of our colleagues and esteemed institutions like Yale University and the Museum of Modern Art.”
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