Digitisation of Traditional Format Library Materials

Australian scenic series

Project Brief | Cataloguing guidelines


To provide access through the Library’s catalogue to the 94 cigarette cards in the Australian scenic series collection.




Description of the material to be digitised

A collection of W.D. & H.O. Wills’ cigarette cards issued circa 1925. Originally 100 cards were issued but the Library does not hold 6 of the cards. Each card is numbered and features a photograph of an Australian scenic landscape with information about it on the reverse of the card. The scenes depicted include buildings, beaches, bridges and caves as well as landscapes. The cards are 5.3 x 6.9 cm in size and the photographs are in black and white.


Preservation, care and handling guidelines

DISCLAIMER: The National Library of Australia disclaims liability for the use of the information provided in this page. The guidelines have been produced to aid Library staff in the digitisation of collection material. The National Library of Australia accepts no responsibility for the loss occasioned as a direct or indirect result of the use of the information in these guidelines.

This collection consists of 94 black and white gelatin prints each 5.3 x 6.9 cm in size. The collection is in good condition. No conservation treatment is required. All cards have been rehoused into plastic sleeves and folders.

General rules:

Treatments: This collection is in relatively good condition and shouldn’t require conservation treatment. Scanning staff may do light dusting with hake brushes.

Scanning: The AGFA Duoscan T2000 will be used for scanning the Scenic Series. A Mylar mask is available to help place cards evenly on the plate. Front of card is only to be scanned.

Cropping: Minimal border, none of the original item cropped.



NLA staff Other
Pictorial Collection Researchers interested in Australian history and geography
Digitisation Team Photographers
Digitisation Steering Committee Institutions with related collections, subject interest
Preservation Services Collectors of cigarette cards
Public Programs Public
Special Materials Cataloguing  


Program of work

Item Date completed or time period
Decide on cataloguing treatment August 2001
Create cataloguing template and guidelines August 2001
Preservation assessment and general condition survey August 2001
Deliver material to Digitisation 30 August 2001
Cataloguing guidelines session with Digitisation staff September 2001
Create Pictorial Manager batches September 2001
Create and review catalogue records September 2001
Scan cards September 2001
Quality check images September 2001
Deliver material back to Pictorial September 2001
Strip metadata from images and put in spreadsheets September 2001
Rename images and move to Pictorial’s Complete folder September 2001
Check metadata spreadsheets September 2001
Change batch status on Pictorial Manager September 2001
Create derivatives & rename for Pictorial Manager October 2001
Load images to Pictures Catalogue October 2001



Project owner/Driver David Toll and Margy Burn
Project manager Angela Brown
Key information sources Pictorial Manager, Preservation Services, Digitisation Team, IT


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