Abstract

This thesis provides an example of the research, processes, and methodologies involved in making a collection accessible. As an intern at George Eastman Museum (GEM),1 located in Rochester, New York, during the fall of 2015 through the spring of 2016, I helped to rehouse, identify, contextualize, catalog, and create a collections guide for the Kodak Colorama Collection. Colorama was a unique large-scale photograph advertisement that Kodak described as “The World’s Largest Photograph.” The collection consists of negatives, transparencies, and prints of the original 565 images that Kodak, in the order of dissemination, displayed in New York’s Grand Central Terminal from 1950-1990. Through researching Colorama and documenting my work in drafting the collections guide, I assess the following question: why a collections guide is the best fit for the Colorama Collection, what is the process for producing a collections guide in the Department of Photography at the George Eastman Museum, and how does such a document serve the institution’s goal of making the Colorama Collection more accessible to the online and onsite audiences as well as the museum’s staff and researchers.

Publication Date

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Undergraduate

Degree Name

Museum Studies (BS)

Department, Program, or Center

Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture (CLA)

Advisor

Michael Brown

Advisor/Committee Member

Becky Simmons

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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