Panama and Panama Canal Stereographs
The Panama and Panama Canal Stereographs Collection includes over 200 stereographs of Panama and the Panama Canal from the Keystone View Company, Underwood and Underwood, and E. and H.T. Anthony Company. The Panama and Panama Canal Related Stereograph Collection began as a pilot project for creating a model for digitizing important resources from the Panama Canal Museum Collection while leveraging the talents of an eager group of knowledgable volunteers for record creation. The 200 stereographs selected for the initial project meet teaching and research needs of various faculty and 2014 Panama Canal Centennial Celebration exhibit requirements. The project also builds on previous educational initiatives undertaken by the Education Library in order to publicize and encourage wider use of this collection by K-12 educators.
Specific goals of this project are as follows:
- To digitize 200 stereograph cards, front and back, so that they are widely available via the Panama and the Canal digital library for use by people interested in the study of Panama, including researchers, students, professors, K-12 teachers, and the general public.
- To process the stereograph scans into animated gif files so that users can view the images, without the aid of a stereoscopic viewer, in a manner that simulates the originally intended 3-D effect.
- To engage a geographically diverse population of volunteers who are eager to continue actively working with the collection.
- To promote use and interest in the collection by various UF departments through the construction of a variety of resources-educational training modules lesson plans, additions to the Panama and the Canal digital library, and associated exhibits of stereographic materials online and in displays around the UF campus.