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Technical Details and Accessibility

The Somers Affair is composed of nine documents pertaining to the alleged mutiny aboard the brig U.S.S. Somers in 1842, and its immediate aftermath. The documents include military court proceedings, correspondence, and contemporary reprints of official reports and proceedings.

Originals of all nine documents can be found in the Special Collections & Archives Department, Nimitz Library. Seven of these items were digitized by Nimitz Library staff for use in this collection, comprising 170 pages of scanned text and nine pages of transcriptions. The two remaining items, the Proceedings of the Court of Inquiry and the Proceedings of the Naval Court Martial, were digitized previously for inclusion in Google Books and the Internet Archive respectively.

Technical Details

Manuscript letters and unbound periodicals were scanned in color as high resolution TIFFs (600 ppi) on an Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner utilizing Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Bound items were scanned in grayscale as high resolution TIFFs (400 ppi) on a Minolta PS 7000 scanner utilizing Adobe Photoshop CS 2. Bound items unfit for scanning on a large planetary scanner were photographed in color as low resolution JPEGs (72 ppi) using a Sony Cybershot 8.1 Mega Pixel camera and retrospectively converted to high resolution TIFFs (600 ppi). Master images were converted to lower resolution service images (150 ppi TIFF). Service images were converted to PDF and OCRed utilizing Adobe Acrobat 8 for online delivery.

Accessibility

All nine items from The Somers Affair utlize CONTENTdm ® for document organization and delivery. Two of the items are provided by the Internet Archive and Google Books. The documents can be searched using either the CONTENTdm ® search interface, or the search function native to the Adobe ® PDF viewer, Internet Archive, or Google Books, respectively. The documents of the Somers' Affair can be browsed by selecting "Browse this Collection" in the left side menu. Selecting "browse" from the top menu will allow the user to browse all collections.

Production

The Somers Affair was developed under the auspices of the Nimitz Library Digital Initiatives Group.

Original Content Development: Jennifer Bryan, Head of Special Collections & Archives/Archivist and Barbara Manvel, Reference-Bibliographer for History and Mathematics

Scanning: David D'Onofrio, Special Collections Librarian

Transcription: Jennifer Bryan, Head of Special Collections & Archives/Archivist

Conditions of Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from the Nimitz Library Digital Collections.  The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights.  In any published work, proper acknowledgement must be given to Nimitz Library, United States Naval Academy.

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