|For Immediate Release|
June 16, 2000
Will Soon Hit the World Wide Web
A one-of-a-kind photograph collection that documents the historyof Gary from1906 to 1941 will be digitized and offered on the World Wide Web by July1 of next year. A portion of the photo collection is currently on displayat the Indiana University Northwest Library.
Through a $19,000 grant received by the IndianaUniversity Digital Library Program,the digitized images will illustrate the creation of the Gary Works, theworld's largest steel mill during the height of America's industrial revolution.The images are from photos taken by U.S. Steel photographers who documentedthe building and growth of both U.S.Steel Gary Works and the City of Gary. They depict all aspects of lifeand work in and around the steel mill, from the company-sponsored baseballteam to mammoth industrial furnaces
Digitizing the 1,900 images, now available only as glass negatives andprints, will make them more widely available to scholars and school childrenwho otherwise could view them only if they visited the CalumetRegional Archives (at IU Northwest), said Kristine Brancolini, actingdirector of the IU Digital Library Program.
``We're looking for resources that are uniquely Indiana or reflect outstandingareas of expertise on IU's campuses,'' Brancolini said. ``This Web siteshould have particular appeal to students of Indiana history, from fourthgrade through high school.''
This project represents the Digital Library Program's first effortsin creating a Web-based learning site for students from grades four through12 and will be designed to encourage interaction with a collection of archivalphotographs. In the mid-1970s, the United States Steel Corp. donatedthe photographs to the Calumet Regional Archives at the university. Whilethe digital images will not be available on the web until 2001, McShanesays that selections from the collection will be on display on the firstfloor of the IU Northwest Library until July 31 of this year. The bulkof the photographs on display at IU Northwest show the growth and lifeof “steel mills and steel makers” from the early 1900s to the 1920s.
``The U.S. Steel photographs are among our most important collections.You can see the mill and city almost rising from the sand,” said StephenMcShane, archivist and curator at the Calumet Regional Archives. Theimages show the swift growth of this northern Indiana community. Constructedamong the dunes by Lake Michigan, the mill was operational just two yearsafter groundbreaking.
IU's Digital Library program is a university-wide partnership of theIU Libraries, UniversityInformation Technology Services, and the Schoolof Library and Information Science. The digitization project is supportedby the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions ofthe Library Services and Technology Act, and is administered by the IndianaState Library. More information on the IU Digital Library Program is availableat http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/More information on the Calumet Regional Archives is available at http://www.lib.iun.indiana.edu/crahome.htm
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