Digitizing Historic Photos

Expected Dates
September 30, 2019 to January 19, 2020
Yosemite National Park
Position ID
There are 20,000 original photographs in the Yosemite Archives which we plan to make accessible to NPS education and interpretation staff, historians and other scholars doing research in Yosemite by digitizing the photographs and placing them on the web. The project will involve working with 6,500 prints circa 1920s-1960s.  Interns will conduct research needed to assess which images are in the public domain, which are copyrighted, and which are orphaned works.  All of the images in the public domain and the orphaned works will be digitized and made broadly available to the public on the web.  Interns will catalog the metadata into a master spreadsheet.  From that point in the process, the images and metadata will be uploaded to https://npgallery.nps.gov/yose.  Interns will produce at least one blog post or social media post during their internships.  The Yosemite Museum blog post can be found at:   https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/insideourcollections.htm.  The primary data sources on NPGallery are the most requested materials in the Yosemite Archives and are used weekly by park staff to create educational and interpretive exhibits for public view in the Yosemite Museum and Visitor Center.  Other park staff use the archives to document historic structures.  Scholarly researchers from around the world use the Yosemite  archives, including our rich collection of photos to produce books and documentaries for public enjoyment and education.

The Yosemite Archives receives thousands of research requests per year, one of the most active archives in the Park Service.  We are tasked with being the memory for the park and providing critical documentation for decision making; by Yosemite Museum designers, and natural and cultural resource professionals at Yosemite as they develop site-specific plans for the restoration and stabilization of natural and cultural resources.  The photos in our collection are the original, one-of-a-kind documentation on historic structures, landscapes, people, flora and fauna, and the activities which have taken place over time to alter those resources.  Researchers utilizing Archive resources include NPS staff and the public at large.  

Having some experience working in archives/museums, or digitizing, or entering metadata is ideal.  We will provide onsite training.  
  • The Yosemite Archives and Employee Housing is located in El Portal, CA on the west entrance of the park on HWY 140.
  • We will provide onsite training in digitizing, and provide an SOP on how to determine copyright status.
  • Staff can enjoy winter activities in the park like snow shoeing, skiing and ice skating.
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Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Social Media
some experience
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience