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Digital Historian Series: Using Digital Tools for Archival Research: Home

This guide is for scholars interested in using digital photography in their archival research.


This guide is for scholars interested in using digital photography in their archival research.


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What's in this guide?

Broken down into several sections, this guide gives an introduction to information available on how to use technology in archival research. 

What is in this guide:

  1. Home
  2. Getting Started
    • Things to consider before starting your research.
  3. Camera
    • Tips on what features cameras have to offer and elements to keep in mind when looking for a camera.
  4. Taking Pictures
    • Suggestions on how to improve the quality of pictures taken in archives.
  5. Data Organization
    • Ways to keep your images and the corresponding data organized.
  6. Software
    • What sort of software one might wish to use throughout the project.
  7. Backup
    • Suggestions on how to backup your information, and reasons why this is important.
  8. Additional Sources
    • Links to various sources with useful information


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