Saturday, July 15, 2006

July Progress Report

Detail from a blueprint of a pecan warehouse in Monroe, Georgia. For a larger image, click here.

When people think of the drawings in an architect's office, they are most likely to picture the type of print above this post. Less than five percent of the material processed in the Gregson and Ellis Architectural Drawings are blueprints, the negative prints produced from light projected through original drawings onto paper that has been sensitized with ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide.

The over 1700 pieces that have been processed are almost all original drawings or other diazo process prints such as bluelines. A number of drawings and prints are wash-off prints (also known as See-Bee or Dupro Prints).

The Gregson and Ellis Architectural Drawings will continue to be processed until we reach 2,000 pieces that are arranged, rehoused, and cataloged. At that time, we'll publish an online finding aid and pause in the processing of these documents for a period of one year. In that year the archives will run a user study to determine how students and faculty best like to access the items. The user study will inform the archivist and cataloger on how the rest of the materials should be processed.