The final digitized image from Jack Child’s Slide Collection went online earlier this week. Jack Child maintained an extensive library of visual images that he regularly used in the classroom. The digital version of the slide collection focuses on the images taken by Child and his companions on his travels – approximately 50 percent of his library. Child visited every Latin American country at least once. He served as staff lecturer and guide aboard expedition cruise vessels to Antarctica and sub-Antarctic islands on fourteen trips. The strengths of the digital collection are as follows: Antarctica; Argentina; Colombia; Cuba; Falklands/Maldives; Mexico; Nicaragua; and Peru. All Latin American countries are represented in the digital collection. Of note are a selection of images from his two tours of duty in Vietnam.
In May of 1970 in the heat of the campus protests over the events at Kent State, Professor Glenn Harnden, from AU’s Department of Communications, pulled all the old film on hand and sent several students off with cameras to shoot activities both on and off campus. Professor John Douglass re-discovered this film as he was preparing for the move into the School of Communication’s new building. He transferred the film to the Archives and we used the Library’s Roger Brown Preservation Fund to conserve and digitize the most significant rolls from the set. To celebrate the completion of this project, we will be holding a viewing of clips from the film on Wednesday November 12 in the Library’s Training and Events Room. The event will run from 5 to 6pm with the viewing starting at 5:15pm. All are welcome.