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About the AGSL Digital Photo Archive - South America

Scope and Content

AGSL Digital Photo Archive - South America presents a selection of images from the extensive photographic holdings of the American Geographical Society (AGS) Library. The images were selected from several collections including the American Geographical Society Library Print Collection, the Edna Schaus Sorensen and Clarence W. Sorensen Collection, the Richard U. Light and Mary (Light) Meader Collection, the Isaiah Bowman Collection, and the Theodoor deBooy Collection.

The current selection of the AGSL Digital Photo Archive - South America focuses on the countries of South America. The coverage of this digital collection will expand as more photos are added to the site.


The Digital Project

The photographs selected for this project represent a variety of formats, including color 35 mm slides and black and white 5 x 7" cellulose nitrate film. Digital master files in TIFF format are stored at the UWM Libraries. Access images in JPEG format were created from the TIFF files and uploaded into CONTENTdm software for Web delivery. High resolution digital images or prints can be ordered using the online Image Order form.

The photographs were researched and indexed as part of the project to provide additional points of access. Captions provided by the photographers and researchers served as a main source of description. In some cases, AGS' publications, such as Geographical Review were researched to provide additional information. Subject headings were assigned using Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials. Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names was used to provide geographic location including names of countries, states/provinces, and cities. All place names are shown as they currently appear in the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names.



The AGS Library and UWM Libraries are grateful for continuing material support for the Digital Photo Archive project from Suzanne and Dr. Robert McColl.


Project Staff:
Krystyna K. Matusiak, Digital Collections Librarian, UWM Libraries
Susan Peschel, Visual Resources Librarian, American Geographical Society Library, UWM Libraries
Eleanore (Nellie) Bednarek, Staff, Digitization Unit, UWM Libraries
Marilyn Antkowiak, Graduate Student Assistant, Digitization Unit, UWM Libraries
Tim Blomquist, Graduate Student Assistant, Digitization Unit, UWM Libraries
Shauna Borger, Digitization Intern, Digitization Unit UWM Libraries
Diane Claeys, Graduate Intern, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Amanda Wynne, Graduate Intern, History Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



Copyright and Permissions

AGSL Digital Photo Archive is published by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. Copyright © 2007 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.

The images may be copied by individuals or libraries for personal use, research, teaching or any "fair use" as defined by copyright law. Fair use of copyright-protected works for study, research, and other purposes does not require the permission of the copyright owner provided that the use meets the standard specified in Section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law.

Use Order Images form to request high-resolution digital reproductions of images.

Permission to reproduce materials in this collection for publication or distribution must be obtained from the American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. Please see the Permission Form for Reproduction of Materials at:


Contact Information

Please send us your comments or suggestions regarding the collection.

Phone: 414-229-2214
Mailing address:
Digitization Unit
UWM Libraries
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO BOX 604
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604
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