Digitisation of the Norris collection of 20 river pilot charts belonging to the Echuca Historical Society.
Collection of unique river pilot charts in a private (Historical Society) collection comprising rare, if not unique charts of the Murrumbidgee and Lachlan Rivers, as well as the more common charts of the Murray and Darling Rivers. The Library has catalogued the material and has offered preservation treatment with a view to assisting the Society in providing public access to the collection.
20 river pilot charts on drafting linen produced during the latter part of the nineteenth century to assist with navigation on the Murray, Darling, Murrumbidgee and Lachlan rivers.
To be digitised from the original material.
Public interest and research scholars.
Records currently available on KiNETICA for 10 of the items (AN23301480, AN23301799, AN23301905, AN23302406, AN23302416, AN23302516, AN23309350, AN23309354, AN23309364, AN23309487). Access will be made through collection entry for the Echuca Historical Society Norris collection. The remainder of the collection will be catalogued as soon as treatment has made them accessible.
At least 7 charts require some treatment to make them accessible and stable for scanning. An estimate of up to 3 months has been given by Preservation as the required timeframe to undertake this work, either by students or a professional conservator.
Property of the Echuca Historical Society.
This collection could easily be absorbed within Imaging Services' 2003-4 financial year digitisation work plan to meet the established targets.
Margy Burn, on behalf of the Library, committed the Library to undertake preservation treatment and digitisation of the charts. The Society has agreed to the Library undertaking this work.
Approximately 6-12 weeks for stabilization work. Scanning, etc. c210 hours.
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