In October 2019, Dear Oregon took readers behind the scenes of the Oregon Historical Society’s (OHS) Digital Production Lab (DPL), in “Launching the Digital Production Lab: Part 1.” The DPL is a state-of-the-art facility for digitizing in fine detail the OHS Research Library’s vast and unique collections. In this second “Two-minute Take,” Digital Services Librarian Laura Cray and Digital Services Photographer Robert Warren discuss the lab’s new X-Y Table which allows OHS to digitize more of our oversized collection materials. They demonstrate the digitization process with a large-format poster that will be on display in OHS’s exhibit Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment, open through October 8, 2020.
Abigail Scott Duniway commissioned the poster, titled “Coronation of Womanhood,” in 1884 to honor supporters of the equal suffrage movement. An inscription at the bottom of the key states: “Respectfully dedicated to the loyal subjects of liberty who paved the way to woman’s enfranchisement in the Pacific Northwest, United States of America, anno domini one thousand eight hundred eighty three.” As Cray describes, one of the great things about this poster is the identification key — also digitized on OHS Digital Collections — that lists the nearly three hundred figures depicted on the poster.
Want to explore more OHS Research Library collections online? Visit the OHS Digital Collections Site, which is continually updated with new images, documents, audio, and video materials.
Laura Cray and Robert Warren’s Other Posts
Building on the Past: Researching House History at OHS
May 31, 2022
Going Afield: Mobile Photography Studios of Early Oregon Photographers
March 23, 2021
Trapped in the Columbia Gorge: Documenting a Train Rescue during the Great Winter Storm of 1884–1885
December 15, 2020
Picturing the Columbia: The Photography of Sarah Hall Ladd and Lily E. White
October 27, 2020
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