Project Brief | Cataloguing guidelines
To provide access through the Librarys catalogue to the 1,083 postcards in the David Elliott theatrical postcard collection.
A collection of promotional postcards compiled over a period of years by David Elliott and bearing photographs of theatrical identities of the late 19th and early 20th centuries (mainly between 1890 and 1920). The postcards cover a wide range of performers and genres within the performing arts including opera, vaudeville, drama, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, melodramas, popular plays of the era, comedy, a midget circus and a brass band. There are a few photographs of stage performances, and a few of music scores. The collection also provides a history of costume, style of dress, hairstyles, etc. of the period.
Many of the postcards were published in Australia by companies such as Talma & Co., Sydney and Melbourne, and Falk, Sydney. About 25 of the postcards are signed by the performer they represent. Approximately 175 of the postcards represent artists who were either born in Australia or did one or more tours of Australia. Australian born performers include Oscar Asche, Cynthia Brooke, Amy Castles, Geoffrey Chard, Ada Crossley, Percy Grainger, Ethel Haydon, Essie (Elizabeth) Jennings, Annette Kellerman, La Milo (Pansy Montague), Edith Latimer, Dame Nellie Melba, Carrie Moore, W. (William) Percy, Nellie Stewart, Maggie Stirling and Florence Young. Some personalities are represented by multiple postcards ; these include Nellie Melba, May Beattie, Carrie Moore, Minnie Tittell Brune, Lily Brayton, Grace Palotta and Nellie Stewart.
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This collection consists of 1,023 theatre postcards. All postcards have been rehoused into archival sleeves and acid free folders.
The postcards were either produced photomechanically or as a black and white gelatin print with handcolouring. This collection is in good condition and most of the conservation treatment was minor, ie. tear repairs, residue backing removal, stain removal and readhering beads and sequins.
Treatments: Generally this collection is in good condition. If major treatments are necessary they are to be carried out by a conservator. To facilitate the scanning process, Digitisation Project staff may do some minor treatments. Drycleaning may be done by Digitisation Project staff.
Scanning: The AGFA Duoscan T2000 XL scanners will be used for this collection.
|Pictorial Collection||Researchers interested in history of theatre and the arts|
|Digitisation Team||Researchers interested in social history|
|Digitisation Steering Committee||Institutions with related collections, subject interest|
|Special Materials Cataloguing|
|Item||Date completed or time period|
|Preservation assessment||April 2001|
|Decide on level of cataloguing||June 2001|
|Create cataloguing template and guidelines||June 2001|
|General condition survey||July 2001|
|Deliver material to Digitisation||July 2001|
|Care and handling guidelines||July 2001|
|Cataloguing guidelines session with Digitisation staff||7 August 2001|
|Create Pictorial Manager batches||8 August-end September 2001|
|Create and review catalogue records||August-September 2001|
|Scan postcards to create digital images||August-September 2001|
|Quality check images||August-September 2001|
|Carry out preservation treatment on postcards requiring it||August-September 2001|
|Rehouse postcards in new albums||August-September 2001|
|Deliver material back to Pictorial||9 October 2001|
|Strip metadata from images and put in spreadsheets||August-September 2001|
|Rename images and move to Pictorials Archive folder||August-September 2001|
|Check metadata spreadsheets||August-October 2001|
|Change batch status on Pictorial Manager||September-October 2001|
|Create derivatives & rename for Pictorial Manager||October 2001|
|Do global correction of 500 and 773 fields in all catalogue records||December 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, Imaging Services|
|Constraints||Error in cataloguing guidelines necessitates global changes to all catalogue records after cataloguing completed.|
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