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The Urban Legacy of Ancient Rome Photographs from the Ernest Nash Fototeca Unione Collection

Acknowledgments

This project would not have been possible without the full cooperation of our partner in Italy, The American Academy in Rome. At the Academy, the project was directed by Sebastian Hierl, the Drue Heinz Librarian, and coordinated by Lavinia Ciuffa, Archivist and Acting Curator at the Photographic Archive of the AAR. Ciuffa was essential for such aspects as the selection of images and development of metadata. Maria Sole Fabri (art historian) and Giulia Ciccarello (archeologist) contributed their expertise to identify those images that corresponded with the themes selected by the team.

At University of Oregon, James Tice, Principal Investigator of the project, oversaw the work as it unfolded from its inception to its completion. Giovanni Svevo, archeologist and Research Associate at the University of Oregon, aided in the selection of subject headings and was responsible for the task of geolocating each image on our map. At Dartmouth College, Nicola Camerlenghi, curated the components of the metadata (nomenclature for monuments, consistent subject headings, authority files) in order to ensure its acceptance into Stanford’s Digital Repository. Additionally, he wrote or edited several of the website's short essays. At Stanford University, Erik Steiner, Co-Director of the Spatial History Project at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) coordinated the project and oversaw many aspects of its production (metadata and exhibit development) and served as the liaison with the Stanford University Libraries (SUL). Also collaborating from Rome, Allan Ceen, Director of Studium Urbis, helped to assign subject headings to images and acted as a consultant for initial aspects of the project.

We are extremely grateful to the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) staff who provided Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) and Spotlight services, metadata support and project management, affording both digital preservation in the SDR and showcasing the Nash materials on this exhibit site. SUL staff included: Ben Albritton, Catherine Aster, Arcadia Falcone and Hannah Frost.

Projects such as this are unique opportunities for students to learn about the content of the proposal, the history and culture of Rome, housed in a distant archive. It is also an opportunity for students to get a hands-on-experience with a significant, international, multi-disciplinary research project. At Stanford, Vincent Nicandro and Alessandro Hall worked as student research assistants through CESTA, adding metadata to the catalog regarding The Pictorial Dictionary, contributing an interactive essay, and developing several aspects of the exhibit site. At Dartmouth College, student Emma Demers was instrumental in uploading data to the webpage and in co-ordinating various aspects of its design. Marcus Helble, a student at Bowdoin College, contributed a thematic essay. Help on translations of titles and descriptions was offered by Joseph Pecora, graduate student at the American University of Rome.

Lastly we wish to acknowledge the Samuel H. Kress Foundation who generously sponsored this research as well as previous projects by our team leading up to this exhibit. We are very grateful for this essential support.

James Tice, Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon & Nicola Camerlenghi, Assistant Professor of Art History, Dartmouth College