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Scope and Content Cities Around the World presents over 6,100 photographic images from the slide collections of the American Geographic Society Library. The images selected for this project focus on architecture, city life, people, transportation and other aspects of urban development, such as neighborhoods, commercial streets, and business districts. The pictures were taken by two photographers, Harrison Forman and Harold Mayer between 1942 and 1994. The digital collection provides access to photographs of over 450 cities worldwide. In addition to present-day metropolitan areas, this collection also features ancient cities and deserted settlements, including Carthage, Great Zimbabwe, Machupicchu, and Persepolis. The images for this project were drawn from two slide collections, the Harrison Forman Collection and the Harold Mayer Collection, housed at the American Geographic Society Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. The goal of this project is to provide a comprehensive coverage of cities worldwide as reflected in the photographic collections of the American Geographical Society Library. The Harrison Forman Collection Harrison Forman (1904 – 1978) was a native of Wisconsin. He studied at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Oriental Philosophy. An adventurous journalist, photographer, and explorer, he has been called “a modern Marco Polo” during his lifetime. In his career as a photographer, Forman created a unique visual record of the life and cultures of Asia, Indochina, the Middle East, South Pacific, Africa and South. He focused his camera on distant places and people, on streets of little known towns, historic sites, buildings, art, landscapes, scenes of sheer natural beauty, and portraits of women, men, and children. His primary interest was in people and in capturing their daily activities. The Harrison Forman photographic collection covers the period from the mid-1920s to the mid-1970s. This collection includes approximately 30,000 black and white negatives, 2,000 Ektachrome and 49,000 Kodachrome slides. The collection was donated to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's American Geographical Society Library by Mr. Forman's widow in May 1987. 3,281 color slides were chosen for this project from the extensive Harrison Forman slide collection. Forman’s special interest was in Asia, but his collection also covers cities across all continents. The selected images span the years from 1958 to 1978. Forman’s images in related digital projects: The Harold Mayer Collection Harold Mayer (1916 - 1994) was a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and one of the leading scholars in the field of urban geography in the twentieth century. He specialized in Urban and Transport Geography of North America with a focus on New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, and British Columbia. During his academic career, Mayer created an extensive photographic collection that he used as an instructional tool in teaching geography students. In his photography, he documented the changes in urban landscape of North and Central America. He often returned to the same city to take a picture of the same sight over the course of several years. His slide collection was donated to the American Geographical Society Library by his wife, Florence Mayer. Of the approximately 50,000 slides in the Harold Mayer Collection, over 2,828color slides were selected for this project. His collection focuses on urban development of American cities over the period of 1942 - 1994. Mayer's images in related digital projects: The Digital Project The color slides were scanned at 4,000 dpi resolution using Nikon film scanners. The resulting digital master files in TIFF format are stored at the UWM Libraries. Access images in JPEG format were created from the TIFF files and uploaded into CONTENTdm software for Web delivery. High resolution digital images or prints can be ordered from the American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. Please see the Permission Form For Reproduction of Materials at: http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/AGSL/repoperms.html The photographs were researched and indexed as part of the project to provide additional points of access. Original captions provided by the photographers were retained and transcribed in the Photographer’s Note/Description field. Subject headings were assigned using Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials . Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names was used to provide geographic location including names of continents, countries, states/provinces, and cities. Often the current name of a country is different from the name when the photograph was taken. This was taken into consideration by putting the former name in parenthesis following the current name, e.g. Bangladesh [Pakistan until 1971]. The records were built with CONTENTdm digital media management software using Dublin Core metadata. Credits UWM Libraries would like to thank Professor Margaret Crosby (Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Professor Bruce Fetter (History Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) for their substantive help in selecting images for this project. We would also like to acknowledge the following UWM Libraries staff members for their assistance in the selection process: Ewa Barczyk, Patti Day, Svetlana Karolev, Ahmed Kraima, Chieko Maene, Vanaja Menon, Dawn Lee-Vue, Rebecca Littman, and Jovanka Ristic. Project Staff: Krystyna K. Matusiak, Digital Collections Librarian, UWM Libraries Eleanore (Nellie) Bednarek, Digitization Intern Cory Lampert, Digitization Intern Student Assistants and Fieldworkers: Tim Blomquist, Esha Datta, Rose Fortier, Ka Ying Hui, Gae Kelly, Rachel Monfardini, Gretchen Peterson, Sherril Schoen, and Becky Sorenson. Metadata Consultants: Steve Miller, Monographs Department, UWM Libraries Joe Tomich, Monographs Department, UWM Libraries Maps Tom Brittnacher, American Geographical Society Library, UWM Libraries Ann Runyard, American Geographical Society Library, UWM Libraries Copyright and Permissions Cities Around the World is published by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. Copyright © 2006. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved. The images may be copied by individuals or libraries for personal use, research, teaching or any "fair use" as defined by copyright law. Fair use of copyright-protected works for study, research, and other purposes does not require the permission of the copyright owner provided that the use meets the standard specified in Section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. Use Order Images form to request high-resolution digital reproductions of images. Permission to reproduce materials in this collection for publication or distribution must be obtained from the American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. Please see the Permission Form for Reproduction of Materials at: http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/AGSL/repoperms.html UWM Libraries March 2006 Updated: March 2008 Contact Information Copyright © 2010 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.
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