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Historical Photograph Collection | Hornet Student Newspaper Preservation Project | Online Archives Overview

 
     
 

Online Archives Overview

Fullerton College Library Online Archives is a database with selected photographs from the library’s historical collection and issues from the student newspaper, The Hornet. Both collections vividly illustrate the societal changes that have occurred since the college’s founding in 1913.

As one of the oldest continuously-operating community colleges in California, Fullerton College possesses a historical collection that documents its long history. The photographs, from the 1910s into 2009, include academic and vocational classes as well as sporting events, campus clubs, theatrical productions, and other extracurricular activities that reflect college life in this Orange County city.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is a federal grant program administered in California by the State Librarian for the development of libraries. The Fullerton College LSTA project to digitize the historical photos was part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP) supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Hornet newspaper project included the digitization of the student newspaper from 1923 into 2006 to provide access through the Fullerton College Library Online Archives database. The project also resulted in the creation of microfilm reels which have a long life expectancy to preserve the content and to provide access to it through microfilm readers. The Hornet digitization project was funded through college Dynamic Funds.

All of files are stored on a campus server and cataloged using CONTENTdm, a digital asset management tool. As funding becomes available, the digital collection in the Fullerton College Library Online Archives will grow in the future.

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FC Online Historical Photograph Collection

Available from Calisphere and the Online Archive of California
Complete FC Online Historical Photographs collection available from Califa Digital Collections

As one of the oldest continuously-operating community colleges in California, Fullerton College possesses a historical collection that documents nearly a century of its history.  The Fullerton College Library selected images from its historical collection that vividly illustrate the societal changes that have occurred during the college’s existence. 

The photographs, taken during the 1910s through the 1970s, include academic and vocational classes as well as sporting events, campus clubs, theatrical productions, and other extracurricular activities that reflect college life in this Orange County city.

These selected photographs are part of the Fullerton College Library archival collection documenting student life and the history of the institution. The images were chosen for digitization to give users, particularly students, a sense of pride in and understanding of the historical changes that have transpired during the nearly one hundred years of the college.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is a federal grant program administered in California by the State Librarian for the development of libraries. The Fullerton College LSTA project to digitize the historical photos was part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP) supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The digital images were created and cataloged using CONTENTdm, a digital asset management tool shared by LHDRP participants. As funding becomes available, the digital collection will grow in the future. 

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Hornet Student Newspaper Preservation Project (1923-2006)

The Preservation of the Fullerton College Hornet Student Newspaper is a multi-step grant that was written by Fullerton College Librarians in the Spring of 2007. The proposals were funded, as announced on June 6, 2007 in the Summer President’s Weekly, through the Dynamic Funds process.

One phase of the project is the preservation on microfilm of the fragile Hornet student newspaper back issues that currently reside in bound volumes in the library’s archival collection.  One positive impact to students served and the campus overall is that the history of the campus, community, and world, as seen from the perspective of Fullerton College journalism students through history, shall be preserved in perpetuity. Microfilm preservation has a life expectancy of 500 years.

To ensure a wider audience, this project will also digitize the Hornet newspapers from microfilm to provide online access through the Library website. The digital collection will support the pursuit of lifelong learning for on and off-campus users and provide primary source documents of the college’s history that can be integrated into course curriculum. 

This project also includes the purchase of a site license for ContentDM Digital Collection Management Software that will provide state-of-the-art 24/7 online access to the digital Hornet student newspaper. The ContentDM software allows searching the digitized material using numerous access points including full-text, keyword, and date.

Once the newspapers are preserved and digitized, the library can offer online access to users utilizing state-of-the-art software. Students will be able to complete assignments remotely and have access to this valuable resource.

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September 11, 2014
 
 
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