Worth a thousand words


Visual resources — particularly those available online — are revolutionizing scholarship, and the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences aims to bring new projects from Cornell’s own collections online every year.

Spread across multiple continents and millennia, the subjects of this year’s winning projects and their faculty sponsors include:

Caitlín Barrett and Verity Platt, Classics/History of Art, to create a digital repository of the A.D. White Collection of over 2,000 plaster casts and impressions of engraved gems and amulets from Classical antiquity;

• Iftikhar Dadi, History of Art and Visual Studies, and Bronwen Bledsoe, Cornell University Library, to photograph and digitize a slide collection of Indian Raga Mala paintings;

• Maria Fernandez, History of Art, to digitize and archive a collection of fragile videotapes that are essential for teaching the history and theory of digital art; and

• Eric Rebillard and Ben Anderson, Classics/History of Art, to digitize a collection of important and fragile squeezes (paper impressions) that were created in Ankara, Turkey, during the Cornell Expedition to the Assyro-Babylonian Orient in 1907.

The program, funded by the College of Arts of Sciences and coordinated by Cornell University Library, is now in its fourth year. Earlier projects preserved and digitized memorabilia from President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, Cornell’s plaster cast collection, diaries of an Egyptian writer and much more.