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Saturday, May 3 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Preserving Civic Heritage

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Partners in Preservation: Documenting the Nation's Oldest City- Tom Caswell, University Librarian, University of Florida
Documenting a City's Past, Present, and Future: or, How a University Library Can Work with Local Civic Entities to Preserve and Protect the Built and Planned Environment- Viveca Pattison Robichaud, Visiting Librarian, University of Notre Dame, and Jennifer Parker, Associate Librarian, University of Notre Dame

Courtney Baron, MLIS Student, Valdosta State University

Tom Caswell will present about "Unearthing St. Augustine’s Colonial Heritage," a federally funded collaborative project which draws together four different repositories of hidden and fragile archival material which have been previously inaccessible to researchers worldwide and is now freely available in an open source database. By partnering both public and private institutions, this initiative digitally preserves and provides access to thousands of maps, drawings, photographs and documents which help in telling St. Augustine’s unique “story” as the United States’ oldest city on a global scale. Among the important archival items to be “unearthed,” which date from the 16th century to the present, include maps and overlays of the city, architectural drawings of historic structures, Spanish and British colonial government documents, as well as records, photographs, and site summaries from key archaeological excavations.

Viveca Pattison Robichaud and Jennifer Parker will speak about a project to create an online resource to study past, present and future architecture in the city of South Bend, produced by the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame’s Architecture Library and South Bend’s Center for History and the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph’s County. This resource is intended to provide access to historic architecture that has been demolished, historic architecture and historic districts that currently exist which we have documentation and/or blueprints of, and student proposals for the revitalization of undeveloped urban districts and locations within the city. This project includes creating a preservation plan for the blueprints, maps, and photographs, a digitization plan, and a catalog of the historic blueprint collection.

Saturday May 3, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Room: McPherson Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001

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