Photographs from the RCS Collection About the Project

The RCS Photograph Project began in January 2002. It has been funded by a generous legacy from the estate of Frederick Causley Goodyear, the RCS Trust Fund and a donation from the Overseas Service Pensioners' Association.

Aims and Objectives

  1. Reorganisation of the current paper catalogues to meet international archiving standards.
    The Photograph Project aims to repackage the highly detailed information contained in the current typescript catalogues to comply with international archiving standards. Conforming to international standards will improve access to the photographs by ensuring that descriptions are consistent and appropriate for the needs of researchers. It will also facilitate the exchange of information with other collections and archives.

    Once the information has been reorganised it will be entered into a Microsoft Access database. The database, known as CANTAB, was designed specifically for the Cambridge Archivists Group and follows the International Council on Archives' General International Standard on Archival Description (ISAD(G)).

    The Project team will also index the photographs by location and by person/organisation. Name authorities will conform to the National Council on Archives' Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names and locations will be taken from the Getty Thesaurus of Geographical Names. The addition of these index points will enable researchers to search for photographs taken by a certain person or of a particular place.

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