The University of Florida sought support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for three projects to catalog, microfilm, and digitize titles from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature published from1850 through 1909.
Cataloging Phase 1 – 1850-1869:
Cataloging Phase 1 started in October, 2000 and finished in September, 2002. All the titles were cataloged and microfilmed; those with color illustrations were sent to the Digital Library to be digitized.
Ruth Sheng, the Project Cataloger, and Jane Anne Carey, the Project Archivist, with the aid of Fern Carlson, Library Technical Assistant, created 3380 original records, locally enhanced 4038 records, and created 7307 microfilm records; thus contributing 7418 to the local catalog and 10687 records to OCLC (Online Computer Library Center). They also created 554 authority records for Personal Names, Corporate Names, and Series.
In interims between phases the group cataloged titles from the 1840's.
Cataloging Phase 2 – 1870-1889:
Cataloging Phase 2 started in October, 2004 and continued through September, 2007. All the titles were cataloged and contributed to the local catalog (Aleph) and to OCLC but only titles with color or quality illustrations were sent to be digitized.
Jane Anne Carey, Project Cataloger, and Jay Allbritton, Project Archivist, with the aid of Fern Carlson, Senior Library Technical Assistant, have created 9495 original records and 4078 enhanced records for a total of 13,573 records contributed to Aleph and OCLC. They have created 917 authority records that were contributed to NACO (Name Authority Co-operative Program, Library of Congress). Of those, 218 were for Personal Names, 414 for Corporate Names, and 285 for Series.
Cataloging Phase 3 – 1890-1909:
Cataloging Phase 3 started October, 2007 and will continue through December, 2008; the same staff as in Phase 2 will catalog these materials.