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Intellectual Access to the Collection

     Before the digitization project, access to the physical collection was facilitated through an extensive published finding aid: Guide to the Robert Runyon Photograph Collection (Austin, Tex. : Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center, Center for American History, 1992). The finding aid organizes the collection into five series: the United States Military; the Lower Rio Grande Valley; the Mexican Revolution; Portraits; and other United States views. Each series is further subarranged by location, event, or subject. Numeric identifiers for each image provided item-level control to the collection.

The subject headings in the printed finding aid, along with brief descriptive metadata about each item, were used to create a database of brief bibliographic records following the Dublin Core approach. The headings have been verified against Library of Congress Subject Headings and Thesaurus for Graphic Materials. A copy of the database in a form tagged for convenient indexing as part of American Memory was sent to the Library of Congress.

The biography of the photographer from the finding aid has been marked up in HTML for convenient access over the World Wide Web.

The finding aid, with detailed prose descriptions of the series, has been marked up in SGML following the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) document type definition (DTD). The finding aid, with links to individual images, will be made available in the future. Individual photographs have given identifying numbers, corresponding to the classified arrangement of the collection. These numbers, also used for a microform edition, have been adapted as logical identifiers for the images online.

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