Monthly Archives: April 2014

Digitizing the Wright Family Photograph Album

The Wright Brothers are among the most historical of Dayton families, and the interest in their legacy continues. For this reason we were asked by Special Collections and Archives to digitize and make available through CORE Scholar the Wright Family Album. Fortunately for Wright State, much of their history lies within the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives, and the family album is no exception. The Wright Family album was begun circa 1880, and contains portraits of members and friends of the Wright family. The process of maintaining historical preservation of the album while digitizing is a delicate process.

wrightalbum_blog2As often the case, archived materials are very brittle. There was no question that the family album had to be shot in our camera room; such a historical piece can be both cumbersome to work with and very brittle in nature, due to the aging over time. Because of these factors, neither our Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner, or the Indus BookScanner 9000 were used during the digitization process. The capturing of the Wright album was done by our Nikon D200 SLR camera positioned on our Industria Fototecnica Firenze Super Repro copy stand, because of the flexibility it allows during the capturing process. The Wright Family album was shot using archival standard gloves and the album was positioned on the camera table using archival foam book cradles. Our camera table and copy stand allows us the convenience to suspend the Nikon overhead on a vertical beam in order to take pictures of our objects from above.  This gives us an even balanced image of the materials being captured. Along with our Nikon camera, there’s accompanying photo editing software called Camera Control Pro 2 with ViewNX 2 used to capture archival based raw files to be edited and stored. Once the family album was shot, the images were processed using Adobe Photoshop, allowing us to straighten and crop the images accordingly.wrightalbum_blog1

You can now view the newly shot Wright Family Photograph Album on, CORE Scholar.

The album itself contains 7 tintypes; which is essentially the primitive day version of a Polaroid. The process was taking a direct positive of a photograph, on a thin sheet of iron – commonly used during carnivals for quick takeaway pictures. You can view these tintypes within the Wright Album on our website, CORE Scholar.

For more information about Wright State University’s Institutional Repository please visit our website, CORE Scholar.

For more information about Special Collections and Archives and the Wright Brother’s Collection visit their website, Special Collections and Archives.