Digitization at the Center

The Center for Adventist Research began digitizing in 1996 with our photograph collection. Since that time we have branched out into paper and audio digitization with the goal of making available as much of our collection in digital form as possible.

Our mission statement is to limit access to rare and deteriorating items in any format and to make available to the world digital material to support scholarship and special interests within the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in a platform that is both professional and accessible.

Current goals of the Center are:

  1. Create an access point to showcase our digital collections
  2. Digitize in order to create a “closed stack” area
  3. Digitize manuscript collections in need of preservation
  4. Digitize audio, video, and film for preservation
  5. Keep abreast of current events to provide materials to scholars and the public
  6. Treat every item with care, ensuring that it returns to its original location with minimal damage

Current Projects

  • Comprehensive digitizing of all pre-1880 Adventist books.  This includes items that were in Ellen G. White’s office library and in the personal libraries of many Adventist pioneers, including John N. Andrews and Uriah Smith.  This project is scheduled to be completed by May 2015.
  • Image collection preservation.  All images are to be digitized to preserve colors and details that are fading.  Beginning in 2014, our focus will be on those images that are of particular historic interest or that have deteriorated because of age.  This includes our extensive lantern slide collection. We will continue to provide images to support current events or projects as needed.  This project is ongoing and will take many years.
  • Spoken record preservation.  The Center has thousands of reel to reel and cassette tape items, many of which are rapidly deteriorating.  We are digitizing those cassettes that have been cataloged in our system, excluding those that have digital counterparts available.  This project is ongoing and will take many years.
  • Manuscript collection access and preservation.  Our manuscript collections are the most popular with researchers who contact the Center.  Beginning in 2012, the decision was made to digitize certain collections for worldwide access.  The Grace Amadon collection was the first, and we have since digitized seven other collections, which are in the final processing stage.  Selection for digitizing is carefully thought out, with many factors contributing to the final decision.

Digitization Standards at the Center for Adventist Research

Paper-based (books, pamphlets, broadsides, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals)

File format: Uncompressed TIFF for archiving; low compression JPG for web
Color space: 24-bit RGB for color images; 8-bit grayscale for black/white
Specifications: 400 dpi or higher, cropped to .5 to .75 cm beyond the edge of the original

Image-based (photographic prints, negatives, 35mm slides, maps, posters, charts, albums)

File format: Uncompressed TIFF for archiving; low compression JPG for web
Color space: 24-bit RGB for color images; 8-bit grayscale for black/white
Specifications: formula based resolution (desired print short side (CAR uses 8.5 in) DIVIDED BY physical item short side TIMES 360); cropped to .5 to .75 cm beyond the edge of the original

Audio

File format: Uncompressed WAV for archiving; MP3 for web
Specifications: sample size 16 bit; sample rate 32-44 kHz

File naming convention uses a unique id separated with an underscore to the item detail.