The objective of the J.E.A. Crake virtual exhibition project was to digitize and provide Web access to some of the original documents and objects in the holdings of the Mount Allison University Archives which relate to his life and work. In this way the Archives hopes to draw attention to the value of archival material as both a research tool and a teaching tool.

Archival documents and objects featured were selected from the J.E.A. Crake fonds. The project implementation was broken into the following processes:

*Research and Selection
*Scanning
*Topic identification, arrangement and text
*Metadata collection
*Web design and access

SCANNING and PHOTOGRAPHY

General scanning was carried out by the University Archivist at Mount Allison University with an Epson Expression 10000 XL flatbed scanner. Master tiff files were created and public access images have been captured to the following standard:

File format: JPEG
Compression: Uncompressed
Digital resolution: 300 dpi

Images are stored on an external hard drive as well as on the Mount Allison University server. Every effort was made to respect the integrity of the original documents. Therefore, minimal action was taken to correct imperfections in the originals.

Scanning of the Greek and Roman coins was carried out by Jim Ehrman in the Digital Microscopy Facility at Mount Allison University with a Hewlett Packard ScanJet G3110 flatbed scanner. Master tiff files were created and public access images have been created to the following standard:

File format: JPEG
Compression: Compressed, "high" image quality (setting 8) in Photoshop CS4,
Digital resolution: 1200 dpi, 24 bit depth color, final image size of combined obverse and reverse views: 3000 x 1500 pixels.

Images are stored on DVD data disks, an external hard drive as well as on the Mount Allison University server. Every effort was made to respect the integrity of the original coins. Therefore, minimal action was taken to correct imperfections in the originals.

Photography of the pottery items was carried out by Jane Tisdale at the Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University using a Canon EOS RebelT31, with an EFS 60mm lens. Public access images have been captured to the following standard:

File format: JPEG
Compression: Uncompressed
Digital resolution: 300 dpi

METADATA

Structural metadata has been gathered during the scanning process. The structural metadata files contain information about the pagination of the document and correlation between filename and identification (retrieval) numbers.

Descriptive metadata for fonds includes: title / statement of responsiblity, dates of creation, physical extent, biographical sketch, custodial history, scope and content, source of title, related materials, associated materials, finding aids, immediate source of acquisition, physical description, notes, and retrieval number.

Descriptive metadata for items includes: retrieval number, title, date, restrictions on access, use and reproduction.

WEB DESIGN

Web design of the virtual exhibition was carried out by Aloma Jardine, David Mawhinney, and Bernard Soubry. The banner and background of the navigation menu were created from an archival image in the papers.

EXHIBITION DATES

The J.E.A. Crake virtual exhibition will be supported online at Mount Allison University from June 2014 onward.