Andrew Dickson White Architectural Photographs Collection
Courtyard of the Lions at the Alhambra (Granada, Spain)
Juan Laurent, Courtyard of the Lions, The Alhambra. Granada, Spain, ca. 1865-1892. Albumen print photograph. 15/5/3090.00352. Andrew Dickson White Architectural Photographs Collection, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Digitizing Project
Database Selection
It is a primary goal of the A. D. White Project to catalog and digitize the 13,000 photographs in the collection. Catalog records exist for each digitized item. Records include physical data about the images in addition to subject headings, keywords, geographical and architectural information, and biographical facts that concern pertinent architects and photographers. Multi MIMSY, a relational database produced by Willoughby Associates, was selected as the database most suited to cataloguing and collections management requirements. Multi MIMSY is currently in use as a networked database for catalogs of other image collections on the Cornell University campus, and is supported by the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections. The Multi MIMSY database automatically links catalog records for the A. D. White Architectural Photographs with records for images in other Cornell University repositories.
Image Browser
To date, approximately 1300 of the 13,000 photographs have been captured digitally for the virtual collection by Rhea Garen and David Jones, staff members of the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections. More digital images are being added as they are digitized and processed, according to a regular schedule. Users can now view and search through images, create virtual exhibitions and conduct efficient research from their own desks, wherever they may reside. For information about copyright issues and securing permission to publish digital reproductions of images from the A. D. White Architectural Photographs Collection, please consult our Copyright & Permissions Page.
Technical Specifications
Every image in the collection is captured on a PowerPhase One digital camera scanning back on a ZBE Satellite copy stand at 600 dpi, and in 36-bit color (interpolated down to 24-bit color images). The capture generates an .TIF format image file of 80 to 140 megabytes in size. A cropped, color-corrected image is then made from this rich master file, and is in turn used to create .JPEG and MrSID (Multiresolution Seamless Image Database) derivatives. MrSID is a next-generation image file format from LizardTech that reduces the size of high-resolution images to less than 3% of their original size while maintaining the quality and integrity of the original. Master files are archived on CD ROM. Finally, derivatives images are made available through Shared Shelf Commons.
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The A. D. White Project is funded by a grant from the
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
and by a gift from Mr. Patrick Gerschel.

The participation of the Cornell Insititute for Digital Collections
has been funded by a gift from Mr. Arthur Penn.