Library Receives Grant to Digitize the Donald E. Crabtree Lithic Comparative Collection
May 18, 2021
The University of Idaho Library and the U of I Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology received $240,206 for a two-year project to digitize the Donald E. Crabtree Lithic Comparative Collection, a preeminent collection of lithic (stone) artifacts created by Crabtree as well as documents, slides and photographs related to his work. All collection materials will be digitized in 2-D and made available via a specially created version of the U of I Library’s digital collection tool, CollectionBuilder. One thousand artifacts will also undergo 3-D photogrammetric digitization for inclusion in a “Virtual Lithics Lab,” giving site visitors a “hands-on” experience with these fragile artifacts.
Making this hidden collection visible will reinvigorate interest in lithic technology and flintknapping (the creation of chipped lithic tools) among archaeologists, educators, students and the general public as well as facilitate community dialogue about the cultural appropriation of Indigenous knowledge.
This project is supported by a Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources. The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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