The Herron Art Library's holdings include traditional print and non-print materials as well as Internet access. The Herron Art Library houses approximately 27,000 books, 150 journal subscriptions, over 160,000 slides and 1,200 videos on-site and provides access to electronic resources and digital image collections both licensed and created in-house.
On my first day, I was shown some of the digital collections available at the Herron. My first project will be dealing with the Indiana Landmarks Wilbur D. Peat Collection. Wilbur Peat served as director of the John Herron Art Museum in Indianapolis from 1929-1965. During that time he authored Indiana Houses of the Nineteenth Century, a seminal work on residential architectural styles. Indiana Landmarks holds much of Peat’s architectural collection.
Images of the Indiana Landmarks Wilbur D. Peat Collection
Among the items is a set of articles by Agnes McCulloch Hanna who wrote a column on Indiana architecture for the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News. Contained within the collection are copies of Hanna’s articles from 1928-1952.
The Visual Resource Specialist's goal for this collection is to have resourceful metadata, linking items to other resources in the 'See Also' field. For example, I have been added in a Google Street View links, Youtube House Tour Videos, the corresponding County's Interim Report (most are digitized) and the Library of Congress' Historic Building Survey Collection.
It's so interesting to see the houses that are still standing. I also was never aware that County Interim Reports existed! Those reports are so helpful and I am so glad that I am being exposed to this project. Most of the county's interim reports have been digitized and have been placed online here - the Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory.
As I search and capture metadata, I am learning new terms and information about Indiana geography. I've recently become obsessed with Octagonal houses! I think it would be fun to drive to some of the houses still standing and check them out. Some of them have been turned into museums and some of them have been neglected.