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d3c = Digitizing Dominican's Dress Collection

This is a page for a project at Dominican University, to organize and create a digital replica or guide to a collection of dresses. This project is likely to include:

  • organizing the items
  • identifying each piece with a unique number and putting tags on them
  • inputting all we know about each piece into an excel sheet
  • creating a finding aid for the collection
  • putting each item on a mannequin and photographing it
  • figuring out how to post the results online

This page will allow us each to work independently and communicate with the team as we go. First team meeting is Tuesday May 8th 2007 at 3:30 in Fine Arts 010. -- Katewill 16:08, 6 May 2007 (UTC)


The book and the website[1] "Introduction to Archival Organization and Description" -- Katewill 14:59, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

pdf of book is on our ftp site--Michelle (the Elleder) 23:05, 22 May 2007 (UTC)


I will not be there this Tuesday and will only be available two weekends June 1-3 & July 2-8, and from then on occassional Thursdays and Fridays until August 23, when I am free again for a while.--Michelle (the Elleder) 02:31, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Team members

"I would love to help out in any way that I can. I do start classes in a week, on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and could do something before those classes, or come in any time during the week, for the first semester of summer school." This is from Stephanie Wolferman -- Katewill 14:57, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

Another volunteer as of today is Michelle Kilty -- Katewill 14:57, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

Michelle Santoro is another team member, faculty in Apparel Design and Merchandising, and costume constructing for the Goodman!! email: msantoro <at> Katewill 15:31, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Test from Susan. here's my email: sstrawn <at> Sstrawn 17:41, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

Our space for keeping and sharing electronic files

is the url for our shared filespace

how to get there from the Dominican server: click on the link--you will get 'page not available' the url will be in the address bar just click on go --Michelle (the Elleder) 02:10, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

when you go there it asks for your ID -- give it your DU email and your password.

ignore what it tells you about "to view..." That is obsolete.

but do this to upload or download or view files in our filespace.


then with that window you can move files just like you do on your own machine between one folder and another.


You can look at stuff in anyone's folder, but only put stuff in your own folder. avoid erasing or overwriting files!!!

if your name is not listed, create a folder for yourself.

Any technical difficulties call 708-524-6888 for IT support.

Katewill 18:55, 15 May 2007 (UTC)

Our collective journal

This space is for everyone who participates to write a paragraph after each work session, to jot down what you did and what you observed or have questions about. To help everyone keep up to date week by week. Make subheads when you start a new day, put four tildes to sign your name and date stamp your entry.Katewill 19:22, 15 May 2007 (UTC) The dates in bold refer to the session date.

May 15 2007 Both Michelles and Liz and Kate got started today in FA 010-012 with inputting the notebook into excel and numbering and tagging the clothes. Added in two steps: quick photo of the item and coding it according to features identified by Michelle. Homework for GSLIS students -- read your section of the getty book and scan your 1-2 dress collections online and report back at start of next work session, next Tuesday 10 am til (roughly) lunch. Todo item: We will want to make space for people who can work other times too.Katewill 19:22, 15 May 2007 (UTC)

May 22 2007 We were introduced to the digital collections each of us reviewed and the other Michelle presented photos that had been taken of our collection by students who were interested in specific pieces. We tagged and photographed box two. Need some more acid-free tissue paper. --Michelle (the Elleder) 23:19, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

As well as participating in the activities mentioned in the entry above (which was very helpful and we were especially excited about the idea of 'realia' and entering the garments into the main catalog under this description), we nearly finished entering our basic data into Excel. One change was made regarding the tagging process (of the garments): we are not going to do any coding until we have a better understanding of the categories and this will happen only through the assistance of an expert such as Michelle or another faculty member. Goodeliz 18:49, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

I found the discussions surrounding the other digital collections we each reviewed to be extremely helpful. One practical suggestion for when we are photographing the items in each box, it might be good if the same person who took the items out was the one to put them back it. This helps keep things in order and ensures that the materials are folded back in a different way. A great, productive work session! Margaretoellrich 03:59, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

May 29 2007 We discussed practical the aspects of the GSLIS part of this project. Margaret, Liz and Michelle agreed that working longer hours on days when at least two people were available would be a better use of our time. I have set up a Calendar section for us to enter our free time.

Narrowing in on what we can accomplish during the summer: tag items, simple photograph, record in excel sheet; producing a rudimentary finding aid. Each of us will interview a founder of the collection. (anyone who wants can fix up this paragraph)--Michelle (the Elleder) 02:41, 31 May 2007 (UTC)


I looked for digital clothing collections at the Smithsonian Institution and historic Williamsburg

First Ladies' Gowns - National Museum of American History [2]this isn’t very interesting and has no real information

I couldn’t find digital images in Williamsburg Virginia, I found other clothing collections but they were descriptions of clothing worn by people in paintings

William and Mary [3] has a book review for What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America. The Colonial Williamsburg Collection. By Linda Baumgarten. In order to get more information from the site you must be a member.

However, while searching for Williamsburg I found these good sites:

The University of Rhode Island’s URI Historic Textile and Costume Collection Online Catalog [4]and [5] Of the 13 catalog entries, so far only three have a photo of the article(s) with detailed descriptions; the remainder are labeled and briefly described, but 'still under construction’ “This catalog is different from many others in that the text attempts to provide historical context for the artifacts.”

Kent State University Museum Bissonnette on Costume: A Visual Dictionary of Fashion[6] This site could be very helpful to use both in explaining terms and in showing examples of archiving. Some of the images are illustrations and some are photographs of articles. It is still under construction but it seems very good—if you search by decade you'll find excellent examples of what we might do. Check out 1910-1920, it has a wedding dress from Oak Park.

Fashion Plate Collection - University of Washington Libraries digital collection [7] This site is more librarianish and has a search engine; It only has illustrations but show good examples of labeling the articles and placing them in context.

Several more interesting links can be found at [8]--Michelle (the Elleder) 05:20, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

I investigated the collections at the Minnesota Historical Society. MHS has extensive collections, many of which include clothing or accessories (for example, the Fur Trade collection, the Civil War collection, Ojibwa collection, etc.). Each article is cataloged in the main library catalog and records can be retrieved using basic or advanced searches. Many of the catalog entries include a link to a picture of the item. The main descriptive areas are Location/Available, Title, Publisher, Physical Details, Summary, Local Note (includes classification number), Electronic Link (to picture of item), numerous Subject entries, Genre Heading, Browse Call Number, System Number, Record Id, and Format. These access points make retrieval effective and may be worth discussing in our group. To access the MHS catalog, go to [9] Margaretoellrich 15:29, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Cornell University's Costume and Textile Collection - [10] Includes more than 9,000 items of apparel and is, perhaps, an example of an ineffective catalog/finding aid. Photographs, however, include detail shots, which is very useful and interesting. I hope we can present the same. Goodeliz 15:34, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

University of Wisconsin's Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection - [11] The finding aid for this collection cannot be accessed on the Web as it is a stand-alone and interactive computer videodisc system, but the general presentation of the collection is strong and may inform us. Goodeliz 18:30, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

Cased Photograph Project - [12] Though this is not a clothing collection, it is a well organized site presenting two finding aids. It is linked to the Online Archive of California [13]. Goodeliz 02:33, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

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