Grand Valley State University, with the help of the Robert B. Annis Foundation, has just completed a project to digitize the photographs and film in the D.J. Angus collection. Scanned prints from some of the photographs in this collection are the basis for our digital collection of images taken by Angus throughout the US and Mexico. http://cdm16015.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p188901coll4
The Annis Foundation funding allowed us to preserve the images and see many of them for the first time. We are asking for help with a Flickr ‘crowdsourcing’ project of a selection of the Michigan images. A small test of images of Beaver Island proved to be very successful. The idea is to ask people who are familiar with the history of a location to add comments and descriptions to photos. Beaver Island, Northern Michigan, and Grand Haven are featured in this Flickr project.
Here is a link to the Flickr site. Click on an image, add comments, then post. Posting brings you to a prompt to log in to your Yahoo email account, google gmail account or Facebook account (you must log in from Flickr). If you don’t have any of these accounts, you can create a new Yahoo account. You will be asked to enter an account user name, then you are set. You also have a chance to edit, add, or delete this comment. Then Preview or Post. Once you are logged in you can continue to add descriptions to other photos. When the photos are identified, and we edit all of the comments, they will be added to our Digital Collections database.