2015 Cultural Heritage Digitization Awardee

Mississippi University for Women Archive

Mississippi University for Women Archive

Proposed Collection

The MUW Archive Photograph Collection

Collection Significance

Possibly one of the most complete pictorial histories of women in higher education. Touches on nationally known figures in Mississippi history.

Community Significance

Local, state, and national appeal. Materials receive consistent use. History of higher education for women, architectural trends, cultural changes, racial/gender integration, and the history of Columbus & Lowndes Counties.

Benefit to Institution

Increased visibility of MUW collections, generation of research interest, greater access to materials, and the first step in a digitization program.

Collection Format

Mostly 8" x 10" and smaller; a few 9" x 12"; single pages


No known copyright restrictions for the majority of the collection. Most of the photographs were taken by the MUW Public Relations department. Permissions have been requested from a local photographer whose work is in the collection. If permissions cannot be secured for these photographs, they will be replaced with items without restrictions.


Clear timeline. Includes who will create metadata and how many records they will need to create per month until digitization week.


Well thought out reasons for digitizing particular items including research interest and condition of physical materials. Metadata already created for the bulk of the collection. It will need to be transferred to MDL formatting, but the work has been addressed in the timeline.