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Bancroft's Honeyman Digital Archive now online

BERKELEY, CA - December 1, 1998 -- The Bancroft Library of the University of California is pleased to announce the completion of The Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection Digital Archiving Project. This project, the first digitization project funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the California State Library, has made the Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material available on the internet. This important research collection, which has never before been published in its entirety, has now been made accessible through high resolution digital representations of each item in the collection accompanied by detailed descriptions and subject and format indexing.

The Honeyman collection is comprised of over 2300 items dated from ca. 1790 to ca. 1900, including original oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, ephemera and other materials related to the old West, with emphasis on the early California and Gold Rush periods. Included are sketches from important early expeditions, the changing landscape of the West under the impact of westward migration, the development of towns and cities, early settlements, California missions, railroads, Gold Rush scenes, pioneer and frontier life, native populations, social history and other topics.

The Honeyman project is the first major contributor to the Museums and the Online Archive of California (MOAC) project which seeks to establish best practices for including museum collections within the California Digital Library's Online Archive of California (OAC). The Honeyman project uses the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard, an SGML descriptive standard maintained by the Library of Congress, and will serve, in collaboration with other MOAC participants, as a model implementation of the EAD standard for museum and special collections.

As the newest entry into the Online Archive of California - a union database of primary resources available in repositories throughout the state - the Honeyman Digital Archive will become part of the California Heritage Collection. Residing within the OAC, the California Heritage Collection is a digital repository comprised of over 30,000 images related to the history of California and the West from selected collections held by The Bancroft Library and will now be the home of the Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection digital archive. The Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection can be browsed within the California Heritage Collection.

Mary W. Elings, Project Archivist (
Eva Garcelon, Project Archivist

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