Propping Up Pride: Digitizing 3-D Buttons on a 2-D Imaging System




Garcia, Noah

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Texas Digital Library


This lightning talk walks through the digitization of a collection containing over 250 pinback buttons, enamel pins, and San Antonio Fiesta Medals for inclusion into the Portal to Texas History from Badge of Pride (BOP). BOP is a non-profit organization that focuses on collecting, preserving artifacts from LGBTQ+ History in order to inform and engage a sense of queer identity within contemporary society. While BOP owns over 10,000 items, over 250 items in the collection directly relate to queer history within the state of Texas. These 258 items were sent to the University of North Texas Digital Projects Lab for digitization through the Rescuing Texas History mini-grant program. Capturing these pins and medals using a Phase One DT RCAM Reprographic camera system while fulfilling lab standards created unique obstacles for these 3-D objects, which had varying shapes, sizes, and reflective surfaces. Presentation attendees will hear how Digital Projects Lab students and staff collaborated to overcome these issues by creating custom 3-D printed supports, as well as the results of their production.


TCDL 2024 Session 5C, Wednesday, 5/22/2024, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm | Moderated by Colleen Lyon, University of Texas at Austin | Lightning Talk | Digital Collections