This series of brief webinars illuminates the behind-the-scenes work that is done to make digital collections available on the New York Heritage Digital Collections website. Interviews with professional staff reveal stories from the archives, how materials were chosen as digital projects, and the impact the collections have in interpreting the past.
The Adirondack Mountains are known by many as a pristine, rugged wilderness uncorrupted by industry and development. Not true—and we have the maps to prove it! While the region is famous today as a space for outdoor recreation, it was first exploited for its lumber and mineral resources. Ivy Gocker, Library Director at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, will share recently digitized historical maps from the Emporium Forestry Company, which operated in the northwest corner of the Adirondack Park in the late 19th- and early 20th centuries. In addition to talking about the logistics of digitizing hundreds of (old, fragile, and sometimes dirty) maps, Ivy will also discuss the Google Map interface developed by Ryan Perry at CLRC to geotag the maps in New York Heritage.
Ivy Gocker has been Library Director at the Adirondack Experience since 2016. Prior to that, she worked for nine years at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, first as Archivist in the library’s local history division, and later as Manager of Special Collections. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute and a fondness for early 20th century camping trip narratives.
New York Heritage Digital Collections, created and maintained by the Empire State Library Network, promotes access to the wealth of historical resources held by cultural heritage institutions—so that inquiring minds can learn more about the people, places, and events that contributed to the making of New York State. Visit us at nyheritage.org.