Digital Materials from the Wildlife Conservation Society Now Available in DCMNY

by Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager, METRO and Caroline Catchpole, Digitization Specialist, Culture In Transit

The Wildlife Conservation Society's ephemera collection, the first to be digitized as part of Culture in Transit, is now live on Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York (DCMNY).

Octopus_WCS.jpgComprised of items from the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium, the collection is a fascinating mix of old zoo maps and brochures, tickets, and programs for fundraising events and promotional material for new exhibits ranging from African Plains to the Carter Giraffe House. These materials chart the development of the aquarium and the zoo over the twentieth century, including the relocation of the aquarium to Coney Island in the 1950s.

The unveiling of these materials represents a milestone in the Culture in Transit project to digitize and share unique materials from NYC's past.

"I'm thrilled to see the first new collection for METRO Digital Culture go live - and even more excited that it came about as part of Culture in Transit, our Knight-funded project," says Anne Karle-Zenith, our Digital Services Manager and CIT Project Lead. "Wildlife Conservation Society was great to work with and the collection is a delight."

Said Madeleine Thompson, Institutional Archivist and Digital Resources Manager at Wildlife Conservation Society, "the WCS Archives is thrilled to have the first new collection in DCMNY and to have the first collection that was a result of Culture in Transit. We’re excited about the look and functionality of the site, and—through CIT—to make accessible these materials that we lacked the resources to get online previously."

The efforts of Caroline Catchpole, our Culture In Transit Mobile Digitization Specialist and Chris Stanton, our Empire State Digital Network (ESDN) Metadata Specialist were central to showcasing this new collection. Their work on this project will lay the groundwork for building future digital collections for DCMNY, ESDN, and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).