In 1987 the Library’s Photography Department merged with the Conservation Department to care for the extensive collection of negatives and to oversee the handling of materials for reprographic services. Darkroom processing was replaced by digital imaging in 1999, and the Lab has continued to expand and improve its digital preservation services. Digitizing the Library’s materials for preservation and access is driven by special projects and reprographic requests.
The Digital Imaging Lab is equipped to capture all forms of print and photographic materials. The Lab provides expertise on the Library’s digital projects, including liaising with vendors and the IT department, digitization, metadata creation, ingesting digital content, and long-term storage of digital assets. The digital lab also oversees the administration of the Xinet Digital Asset Management system, the Red Hat Linux production server, and Quantum Scalar tape backup system.
Digitizing images, catalogues, books and ephemera from the photoarchive, archives, and books collections has resulted in more than 120,000 scanned images. Currently, the digital lab scans approximately 2,000 negatives and 4,000 pages of rare or archival material each month. Access to the digital collections is available at digitalcollections.frick.org.