Library and Information Services in Astronomy IV
July 2-5, 2002, Prague, Czech Republic
B. Corbin, E. Bryson, and M. Wolf (eds)
YODA: The Yerkes Observatory Digital Archive
Judith A. Bausch
Yerkes Observatory Library, The University of Chicago,
373 W.Geneva St., Williams Bay, WI 53191 USA
The Yerkes Observatory Digital Archives (YODA) project began as
an in-house project for the Yerkes Observatory centennial in 1997 along
with the Yerkes Observatory Virtual Museum:
Currently, a Filemaker Pro database of nearly 600 images exists with over
1000 images remaining to be scanned. The development and organization
of the database will be discussed.
The Yerkes Observatory Digital Archives project (YODA) began with the real-
ization that our centennial anniversary was approaching and it would be great
to have our historical photographic archives organized in a manner which would
be useful to ourselves, historians, and the general public. The Observatory has
a Photographic Services Department, separate from the Library, which had pro-
duced a catalog and had been selling black and white images for reproduction
in textbooks, magazine articles, etc.
for years. Many of these photographs
are of astronomical objects, but there are many historical photographs as well.
Historical photographs from the catalog include portraits of astronomers and
physicists, the buildings and instruments at Yerkes and McDonald Observat-
ories, and some images of instruments at other observatories. We also have a
large collection of photos that were never in the catalog from various eclipse ex-
peditions, group summer staff photographs, building construction, and informal
activities. So we have large collection of historical photographs. We wanted to
share this, but more importantly, get it organized.
As plans were emerging for the centennial events of 1997, it was decided that
exhibits for display in the hallways as well as a