American Memory:  Technical summary

Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1880-1920

"The true test of the progress of a people is to be found in their literature"
-- Daniel Alexander Payne Murray

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Collection Overview

A panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love. Texts include sermons on racial pride and political activism; annual reports of charitable, educational, and political organizations; and college catalogs and graduation orations from the Hampton Institute, Morgan College, and Wilberforce University. Also included are biographies, slave narratives, speeches by members of Congress, legal documents, poetry, playbills, dramas, and librettos. Other pamphlets focus on segregation, voting rights, violence against African-Americans, and the colonization of Africa by freed slaves. Several of the pamphlets are illustrated with portraits of the authors.
Source collection
The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection , Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
LCCN 73-180910 [Link to catalog record (z39.50 query) will not work when main cataloging system is not available.]
Technical features
Searchable text for medium length documents (average less than 100 pages per document) written by different authors in different periods, diverse vocabulary offers challenges in pinpointing paragraphs on same (detailed) topic. Images of covers, illustrations, and tables, but not of every page.
Original material formats
Number of original items
Status of collection
Available online.
Public access:
The Library is not aware of any U.S. copyright or any other restrictions for the documents in this collection. See notes on rights and restrictions provided by the Library to users of this collection.

Aids to intellectual access

Type & granularity
MARC bibliographic records. Each bib. record describes a single item.
Sample bibliographic display in American Memory.
Linking to digital reproductions
Bibliographic record contains identifier used in filenames for component files of metaobject representing document. Groups of documents with same three leading characters in identifier are stored in same directory [Sample directory for documents t0a01 through t0a17]. Numbering system in place to link searchable text to cover and illustration images. First character in image file-names is feature code for image type ("c" = cover, "a" = illustration).

Digital reproductions

Total file-space for digital reproductions: 105 Mbytes

Printed Matter (documents) Archival text file Service images of covers, illustrations, and tables
Marker Filename extension ".sgm" Filename begins with feature-code and includes hyphen
Formats SGML TIFF Group IV
DTD American Memory
(TEI conformant)
Tonal resolution n/a 1 bit
Spatial resolution
n/a 300 dpi (may include random-pattern dithering)
Quantity (approx) 351 1000 (approx)
File size 3-400 Kbytes 4-500 Kbytes
Sample Sample SGML document Sample illustration

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