Digitizing the Steichen Collection
Naval Institute volunteers Sandy Schlosser, Jim Hildrew, and Joe Handleman have been researching and scanning the elite Steichen Unit photographs onsite at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., since June 2011. They have collected about half of the approximately 10,000 available images. Once scanned, each image will be catalogued and tagged with metadata to make it fully searchable in USNI’s online photo gallery. This is the first time the Steichen Unit photographs will have been gathered into a special collection and made available to the public electronically.
Thanks to this valuable volunteer labor, the Naval Institute can earmark donations to enable the photographic archives to progress much further. The Institute is using gift income to pay for laptop computers, portable scanners, Photoshop software, website support, and to reimburse mileage. You can help by making a tax-deductible gift to benefit photo preservation and other projects. Go to the Institute’s website, www.usni.org, or mail your gifts to the Naval Institute Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402.