The Redwood Library & Athenæum
Since 2005, The Digital Ark (TDAC) has provided high-resolution digitization services of the Redwood Library and Athenæum's (RLA) special collections in order to create an online digital archive with e-commerce built-in. First, TDAC set up a photo-studio on-site to digitize RLA’s fragile and valuable painting collection. The digital images were posted to a secure website so that library staff could review them and begin adding relevant data to the online database. Subsequent digitized collections have comprised rare design books, engravings, a diverse map collection, and five Newport County atlases from 1876 to 1921. After conservation, the original atlases were placed in a vault, and TDAC produced high-quality giclée reproductions on canvas with a protective UV coating for regular use by patrons. TDAC will continue to add to this online collection as more items are digitized and made available for sale as archival prints and low-resolution downloadable digital images.