About the Digital Collections

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The Barnard Digital Collections features materials from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, including digitized photographs, yearbooks, and newspapers, with more added to the site every day. The items on this site represent a fraction of the contents of the Archives' collections, and we encourage you to contact us with any research inquiries.

The collections employ the Islandora platform, an open-source software framework built on a base of Drupal, Fedora, and Solr. The site is a project of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, a part of the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services, in conjunction with Barnard College Information Technology. We gratefully acknowledge the donors who make the Barnard Digital Collections possible, in particular Jessica Schwartz (Barnard '13) and the Schwartz Family, for funding the digitization of Barnard's yearbook, the Mortarboard.

Using the Digital Collections

The Barnard Digital Collections are comprised of digital objects. You can can view these objects as part of collections and curated digital exhibits, or you can browse all objects. Collection pages often offer alternative methods of viewing a collection; for example, you can browse newspaper issues by date on the Barnard Bulletin landing page. Note that a limited number of objects added to the site are not categorized into collections and can only be accessed through the browsing interface.

The browsing interface allows you to search and refine your search results by date, topic, genre, people and entity names, and archival collection. Use the triangles on the bottom of the date slider to narrow the date of creation of your results, or define a date range by clicking on "Specify date range: Show" and entering your dates. Select keyword facets such as "student activities" or "color photographs" to hone in on your results. Your selected search parameters will display above your list of results; click on the "x" next to a parameter to remove it.

Using the search bar on the front page and in the site banner, you can search on all of the objects in the digital collections—both descriptions of those objects as well as full text where available. Some of the full text results, including those for the Barnard Bulletin and the yearbook, are produced by optical character recognition (OCR), the conversion of an image of words into searchable text. OCR is not a perfect process, and—particularly for older newspapers—the full text search may miss relevant results and include irrelevant ones.

Different downloads are available for different types of objects. Download links appear under the title of the object, above the viewer for each object.

Reproducing Images and Copyright

The Barnard Archives and Special Collections makes every effort to ensure that it holds the appropriate rights to make items available through the Digital Collections website, or that the items are in the public domain and can be reproduced without securing rights. These materials are made available for educational and scholarly use. If you wish to reproduce any of the materials in the Digital Collections, if you are a rights holder and believe your materials have been added to the Digital Collections website without your permission, or if you have any other concerns about the materials available on the site, please send us a message at archives@barnard.edu, including your contact information, the URL of the material, and either the nature of the intended reproduction or the reason you wish to have the material removed.

Barnard Digital Collections metadata records are released under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication and can be freely reproduced. For information about accessing our data via our OAI-PMH repository, contact us at archives@barnard.edu.

Contact Us

For inquiries about using the website, our policies for digitization, copyright questions, or any other questions concerning the Barnard Digital Collections, please contact us at archives@barnard.edu. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and read posts highlighting collections on our blog.