Publications and Research

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2017

Abstract

A popular photographic exhibit on childhood, originally featured in the Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx, New York, was brought to life two decades later through a library digitization grant. The website Childhood in the Bronx features 61 photographs of boys and girls with family or friends, at play, on streets, and in parks, schools, shelters, hospitals, and other locales. Oral history sound excerpts about their childhood, not heard in the original exhibit, complement the 18 vintage photographs shown. The combination of images with the spoken word enhances the user's sensory experience with deeper meaning and enjoyment. This article discusses how the project was accomplished and what can be learned from the Lehman digitization team's experience. The website underwent a redesign and content migration in 2020: https://www.lehman.edu/library/childhood/

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Munch, Janet Butler. “20th-Century Bronx Childhood: Recalling the Faces and Voices.” Collections, vol. 13, no. 2, June 2017, pp. 91–102, doi:10.1177/155019061701300204. Copyright © 2017 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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