Preserving And Sharing The Images

Bringing to bear the fruits of Phase I, the mission of Phase II is to preserve and make available the unique images and information captured by the Essence of Mexico Project. The guide to the collection will facilitate all other project goals by providing quick, accurate access to the collection; while the archival housing and preservation copy slides will protect the master images and captions for generations to come.

Detailed guide to the collection will assign unique numbers to images and list storage locations by box and folder numbers, complete with narrative text and captions describing the images. A major component of this portion of the project will include Mr. Jackson’s full description of the images.

In addition to describing specific images and groups of images, the guide will also include:

• An overview of the collection
• A biographical note on George O. Jackson, Jr.
• A brief history of the Essence of Mexico Project

Materials will be rehoused in archivally sound containers, including pvc/acid free slide sleeves, folders, and boxes, ensuring their physical longevity.

Images will be arranged by festival, by location, and by date, in order to facilitate the study of specific festivals over time, while also inspiring many additional approaches to the collection.

A selection of the most ethnographically and aesthetically interesting images will be made (circa 10,000 images) and will be gifted to the San Antonio Museum of Art. Duplicate slides of these images will be provided to UT Austin, in order to maintain a complete representation of the collection in that library. Contact will be maintained with Dr. Marion Oettinger regarding the selection of images for SAMA.

Time frame: 2 years

GOJJR , Archivist/Project Mgr.

This activity will be considered successful when the detailed finding aid is complete and being
utilized by scholars of the Latin American culture.

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