Presentations and Publications by Woodson Research Center staff. Many of these highlight Woodson materials, others focus on archival methods.

Recent Submissions

  • Rice University's experiments in Second Life 

    Montgomery, Philip L. (2011)
    A description of Rice University's experimental participation in Second Life, 2008-2009.
  • Preserving family papers 

    Montgomery, Philip L. (2011)
    A guide to preserving family archives at home.
  • Implementing Encoded Archival Description (EAD) : A quick start guide 

    Focke, Amanda York (2008-10)
    An introduction to Encoded Archival Description (EAD), examples of its use today and possible future uses, and quick guide to the software, files, standards and general principles needed to implement EAD. First presented as handouts for a 1/2 day class offered in October 2008 at Fondren Library, Rice University, as part of Archives Month 2008.
  • Describing Images for the Digital Environment 

    Focke, Amanda York (2007-05)
    How archivists can translate their skills for describing materials at the collection to describing materials at the item level, with a focus on describing images for on-line access. First presented at the Society of Southwest Archivists annual meeting, May 2007, in Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Describing Archival Collections So Visitors Can Find Them On-line 

    Focke, Amanda York (2008-03)
    An overview of various ways archival repositories can post information about their collections on-line so that users can easily find them. Originally presented at the Texas Association of Museums annual meeting, March 2008, in Galveston, Texas.
  • More Pixels, Less Process: Decision making for minimal process digitization 

    Focke, Amanda York (2008-08)
    Presenting a minimal process digitization approach for digitizing archival materials (at the folder level with minimal metadata), as compared to a more common full process approach at the individual item level with extensive metadata. Originally presented at the Society of American Archivists annual meeting, August 2008, in San Francisco.
  • A brief look at book closures 

    Focke, Amanda York (2008-10)
    A brief look at the history of various book closures such as metal clasps, leather or fabric ties, pin and hole closures, using examples from the collections of the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. First presented in October 2008 for the Houston Book Arts Group, at the Museum of Printing History.
  • Tools for Locating Archival Resources 

    Focke, Amanda York (2008-10)
    An introduction to on-line tools used to locate archival materials. These tools include websites featuring large groups of archival finding aids and traditional library catalog records for archives. Originally presented to the Houston Genealogical Forum, October 2008.
  • International Treasures at the Woodson Research Center 

    Focke, Amanda York (2008-11)
    A presentation introducing a sampling of the international rare books, manuscripts, and Rice University archives available at the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. Given as part of the "International Treasures" panel at Fondren Library, November 2008.