About the Project


The Center for Popular Music was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access grant to digitize and catalog the Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection of American Song Broadsides from July 2003 to July 2005. The purpose of this project is to provide greater awareness of and access to these fragile ephemeral documents that document a vital part of American culture.

The Goldstein digitization and access project consisted of: 1) scanning every item in the collection to create high resolution color TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) image files and then creating lower resolution JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) files; 2) enhancing existing bibliographic records (presently available through an in-house database with a MARC-compatible field structure, using InMagic ® software) to add dates, full text of the song lyrics, subject headings, image links, and other appropriate information; 3) converting existing bibliographic records into MARC format for entry into the OCLC/WorldCat system; and 4) creating a website that provides the context for offering the digital images to the public.