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 A Mount Allison University Archives Virtual Exhibition


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The objective of the Winthrop Pickard Bell Virtual Exhibition Project was to digitize and provide Web access to some of the original documents 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 featured were selected from the Winthrop Pickard Bell fonds. The exhibition includes over 29 pages of text and 33 images. The total material digitized is over 1000 KB all of which are included in the online version.

The Project implementation was broken into the following processes:

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


Scanning was carried out by the Winthrop Pickard Bell Archival Resident at Mount Allison University with a Epson Perfection 4180 Photo scanner. Master images have been captured to the following standard:

File Format : JPEG
Compression : Uncompressed
Digital Resolution : 300 to 400 dpi

Images are stored in CD format as well as on the Mount Allison University server. Documents displayed on the Web for online delivery have been converted to JPEG format with 72 dpi. These are saved at a low to medium compression level in order to offer both quality images and facilitate faster load times.

Every effort was made to respect the integrity of the original documents. Therefore, minimal action was taken to correct imperfections in the originals.


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 of the virtual exhibition was carried out by Jill Arsenault, Webmaster, Mount Allison University and David Mawhinney, Winthrop Pickard Bell Archival Resident. The banner and background of the navigation menu were created from archival documents and images featured in the exhibition.


The Winthrop Pickard Bell Virtual Exhibition will be supported online at Mount Allison University from October 2005 onward.


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This virtual exhibition project was made possible through the generous support of the Marjorie Young Bell Endowment Fund Committee, Mount Allison University.