Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.

Series 6
Born digital material, circa 1989-2010
Box BD1

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of born digital material including financial records of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, writings by Almena Lomax, and photographs of the Studio Museum in Harlem trip to Venice, Italy. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners financial records consist entirely of spreadsheets. Writings by Almena Lomax contain essays as well as novels such as The Women of Montgomery. The original digital media consists of three compact disks, five 3.5" floppy disks, and eight 5.25" floppy disks.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Appraisal Note

Blank floppy disks have been discarded.


Born digital materials were processed by Sarah Quigley and Dorothy Waugh in 2017. Quigley and Waugh created images of twelve floppy disks using a Kryoflux and three compact disks using Guymager. Two additional floppy disks could not be imaged. Four floppy disks were blank and no data could be recovered from seven other disks due to degradation. Master copies of the images were ingested into a Fedora repository at Emory University for long-term preservation. Individual files were extracted from the disk images using FTK Imager and were scanned for viruses using McAfee's anti-virus software. The extracted files consist of Microsoft Word documents, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Power Point presentations, dBase files, and photographs. The Microsoft Word files were migrated to PDF for access and use copies were made of the photographs in their original format. Spreadsheets were migrated from dBase to Microsoft Excel for access. Two blank spreadsheets and one spreadsheet that could not be rendered are not accessible. Power point files, Excel spreadsheets, and some Microsoft Word documents, all relating to the United Negro College Fund, could not be rendered and are not accessible. Additionally, two of the compact disks contained duplicate files and only one set of files is accessible. File names have been retained, but converting the Microsoft Word files to PDF changed the file dates.

Processed born digital material
Box Folder Content
RRL Access copies of processed born digital material [Reading room access ONLY]
RRL - Fulton County Board of Commissioners records, 1993
RRL - Studio Museum in Harlem photographs, 2003
RRL - Writings by Almena Lomax, 2010
Restricted media
BD1 Compact disks and floppy disks. [RESTRICTED]