Free Library of Philadelphia, Special Collections

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Documents from the Free Library of Philadelphia Special Collections



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About Free Library Philadelphia Special Collections

With more than 6 million visits to its 54 locations and 9 million online visits annually, the Free Library is one of Philadelphia’s most widely used educational and cultural institutions. The Free Library's Special Collections feature music, maps, drawings, photographs, fine art prints, and one of the largest rare book collections in an American public library. The Rare Book Department houses thousands of illuminated pre-modern manuscripts and cuttings; first editions and manuscripts of important American and British writers, including some of the largest collections of Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe; early American children’s books and original artworks by children’s illustrators; hundreds of incunables; and books, manuscripts, and maps relating to the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the Americas.

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Image standards and specifications

Images from the Free Library of Philadelphia Special Collections were shot and processed by the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image. In general, The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image follows the NISO standards as articulated in A Framework for Building Good Digital Collections, 3rd Edition:

The following represents specific standards adopted by SCETI in their capture of digital images.

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.

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