Providing Access to Three-dimensional Collections

Jarrell, Michael C.; Baker, Neal
September 1998
Reference & User Services Quarterly;Fall98, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p29
Academic Journal
This article suggests a conceptualization of libraries and history that asserts the primacy of the material object. In 1992, the U.S. is facing a number of changes in lifestyle including urbanization and materialism. According to Thomas Schlereth, a noted Victorian during the period, material goods are important to the people. The legacy of the World's Columbian Exposition provided a venue to explore the Victorian culture. However, memorabilia collections are only open to the public for the type of examination required by historians devoted to the study of material culture. There are museums that specialize in antique collections. Other sizable collections include those held by the Chicago Historical Society and the Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. There are a variety of ways in which technological resources can be applied to solve problems in providing access to artifacts and three dimensional objects. One in the Internet, specifically, the World Wide Web. Museums are beginning to explore this means of communication in order to provide their patrons with access to images and descriptions of their three-dimensional holdings. Perhaps the most exciting technological development is virtual reality.


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