A Camera-based Approach for Digitising a Large-scale Photographic Negative Collection
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The University Archives at Texas State University contains an estimated 1.8 million photographic negatives. In 2017, the University Libraries were awarded a TexTreasures Grant, funded by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services, from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, to research and build custom capture stations and digitise an initial 6,000 negatives from the collection. In this comparative analysis, the authors present evidence that their camera-based system surpasses traditional scanners for photographic negative digitisation. Major factors affecting equipment and workflow decisions are discussed.