Digitizing the Collection: An Update

Barnstorming with a Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny"

The Library and Archive’s digitization project is moving ahead at a fevered pitch! The Museum houses almost two million images documenting aerospace history, including photographic prints, negatives, transparencies, and slides. For almost a decade, one of the top priorities of the Library & Archives has been the digitization of this massive collection. However, recently this process has been significantly sped up with help from the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), which has purchased a rapid capture system which can digitize up to 600 images per day! To date, just over 1000,000 images have been digitized, all of which can be viewed via the Museum’s Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/. The SDASM archives Flickr site has received well over one million views to date!

With the photo digitization process running efficiently, the second phase of the task has commenced, cataloging and converting hundreds of rare films and videos to digital files. We have recently purchased a machine which will transfer 16mm films to computer servers. The purchase of this equipment was made possible by generous contributions from Library Patrons and BPOC. The subject matter of the films to be digitized spans the whole spectrum of aerospace history, with a focus on San Diego, including Ryan, Consolidated/Convair and Naval Aviation. These rare gems are available to the public at: http://www.youtube.com/user/sdasmarchives.

Lastly, we have begun the process of digitizing and putting online many of our rare books, including important publications from Consolidated/Convair Aircraft and Ryan Aeronautical, San Diego’s two most important Aerospace companies. These books are searchable and can be found at: http://www.archive.org/details/sandiegoairspacemuseum.

To learn more about how you can help in this preservation effort or to order high-resolution copies of our digitized material, contact the Library & Archives staff at 619-234-8291 ext. 125.

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