PACSCL Diaries

The PACSCL Diaries Project allows researchers an intimate view into a wide variety of personalities, largely from Philadelphia, as they went about their daily lives and commented on the world around them. The project provides an online archive of diaries drawn from 16 PACSCL member collections. OPenn currently hosts a pilot group of 63 diary volumes. Participating PACSCL member libraries are:

Sponsorship

This is a PACSCL community project. The project was funded by in-kind contributions from PACSCL members, and the PACSCL Diaries website will be financially sustained by PACSCL.

Licensing

Images

Images and their contents from the PACSCL Diaries project are available under various licenses. Some are in the public domain and some are available under a Creative Commons Attribution License version 4.0 (CC-BY-4.0). Please check individual document pages to determine under which license the images are available.

Metadata

Manuscript descriptions and other cataloging metadata are available under various licenses. Some are in the public domain and some are available under a Creative Commons Attribution License version 4.0 (CC-BY-4.0). Please check individual document pages to determine under which license the metadata is available.

Intended Users

The PACSCL Diaries data presented on OPenn is intended for aggregators, digital humanists, and scholars who have been directed here to procure high-resolution images and their associated metadata. It is presented in a manner most likely to ensure its long-term digital preservation. The images of these manuscripts are accompanied by detailed manuscript descriptions in machine-readable TEI format.

Image Standards and Specifications

Most of the diaries have been previously digitized, with a small number digitized by the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image. In all cases, images with the highest resolution available were included in this project.

The images captured by the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image follow the NISO standards as articulated in A Framework for Building Good Digital Collections, 3rd Edition:

Image specifications

Imaging and processing equipment

Master images are captured at a resolution of at least 600 pixels per inch of the image subject. Once all of the images for a manuscript have been captured they are color-corrected, deskewed, and cropped.

In 2015, SCETI began using IQ280 Phase One digital cameras; however, OPenn contains images that were captured using different equipment before this time. If you have questions about a specific manuscript or image, please refer to the header of the Master image or images in question or the accompanying XMP files. You can see this, for example, in the Master images for Penn Manuscript Ms. Codex 1096 at http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/mscodex1096/data/master/. Note the metadata in the image header of 0396_0000.tif or in its sidecar XMP file 0396_0000.tif.xmp as seen below.

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The documents on OPenn

Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia

Bryn Mawr College, Special Collections

Drexel University College of Medicine, Legacy Center

Drexel University, Archives and Special Collections

German Society of Pennsylvania

Haverford College, Quaker and Special Collections

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Independence Seaport Museum, J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library

Lehigh University Libraries, Special Collections

Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia

State Library of Pennsylvania, Rare Collections Library

Swarthmore College, Friends Historical Library

The Library Company of Philadelphia

University of Pennsylvania Libraries

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Archives

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Barbara Bates Center