This is the second in a series of reports on the Censored Newspaper Articles digitization project. The first post, “Data Creation”, is available here.
Due to a paper shortage during the Occupation of Japan, recycled, acidic paper was used for printing of most publications. Newsprint, in particular, which is considered ephemeral in the best of times, has held up poorly. The censored newspaper articles, therefore, posed challenges for scanning. Unlike the Prange Collection books which at times require rehousing after scanning, the censored newspaper articles required prep work prior to scanning, so that the scanning operators could safely handle the materials and could capture as much of the content as possible. Many of the Censored Newspaper Articles, which were scanned between March and December 2014, fall into this category.
Some of the hand-written manuscripts of the newspaper articles were on onion skin paper that has been creased, torn, and crumpled over the years. Multiple pages were held together with rusted staples or pins or tied with string. Some of the photographs were fused to other photographs or to documents. In some cases, the damage couldn’t be fixed, so the items were scanned as is.
The slideshow shows the process of unstapling and separating pages that are glued together.