Rare Africa Photos Go Online, Open New Options for Africa Research
EVANSTON, Ill. — This week — for the first time ever — a searchable collection of thousands of rare photographs chronicling Europe’s colonization of East Africa becomes available to anyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world, thanks to the efforts of staff at Northwestern University Library.
The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs: 1860-1960 began attracting the interest of Africa scholars and others in 2002 when it was acquired by Northwestern’s Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies. The library officially launches the online collection today (June 25).
NUIT A&RT NUAMPS and the Winterton Collection
The Digitization of the Winterton collection for NUL Digital Collections and the Herskovitz Library was a great project that we collaborated with the NUL library. Stefani Foster and a large crew of A&RT digital specialists worked for a year with Claire Stewart, David Easterbrooke, and the NUL staff on the imaging of the collection. It is a great example of the type of work that can be accomplished with the collaboration of many different groups within the University.