OCT 21

Works in Progress Webinar: Slavery, abolition, emancipation, and freedom—Primary sources from Houghton Library

View this webinar to hear about lessons learned from the planning and remote management of a project to create digital access to hidden African American special collections.

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The 2020–2021 Harvard Library Advancing Open Knowledge Grant Recipients
Advancing Open Knowledge Grants
CURIOSity, digital collections gallery


Dorothy Berry, Digital Collections Program Manager, Houghton Library, Harvard University


In 2020, Houghton Library began a yearlong project to identify and make digitally discoverable a curated selection of African American rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera. This project led to the discovery and cataloging of previously unidentified materials, the digitization of over 1,000 rare items, and new collaborations across internal departments, with students and external stakeholders.

This webinar focuses on the nuts and bolts of the project, with a particular focus on elements that can be applied to different special collections contexts. Due to the pandemic, this project was managed almost entirely remotely. Managing a digital project during this particularly stressful time required library staff to develop new workflows without additional resources. The lessons learned in this process will form the core of this presentation.

This webinar will be of interest to digital collections librarians and project managers, archivists, special collections librarians, and digital scholarship librarians.


21 October 2021


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.