digitization, collaborative projects, land indentures, special collections, descriptive metadata, cataloging


A unique collection of English land indentures from the 16th to 20th centuries is at the center of a large undertaking at BYU’s Perry Special Collections. Born of a simple faculty digitization request, a much larger project with the potential to benefit other classes and researchers developed through the collaboration and coordination of multiple departments and individuals. This project required close collaboration between the faculty member who made the original digitization request, the Special Collections curator, our Collection Management team, the Conservation lab, our Manuscripts Cataloger, the digital lab, our Metadata Cataloging Specialist and multiple student workers. This presentation gives an accounting of project management successes, challenges encountered in making decisions regarding the appropriate description for the collection’s finding aid, and one student’s experience working in a very involved capacity on various aspects of the project.

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Wiederhold, Rebecca A., Ryan Lee, Shanna Besendorfer. “Collaborating on Description and Digitization: The Perry Special Collections Land Indentures Project.” Presented at the joint annual conference of Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists & Northwest Archivists, Boise, Idaho, May 19, 2017.

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Harold B. Lee Library

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Assistant Professor