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Friday, July 24, 2009

Have Fun... Be a Volunteer!

TSGS Member of the Board of Directors ~
Larry Goss

ERIN McCRACKEN / Courier & Press Larry Goss, left, and Carol Schmitt, longtime employees of the University of Southern Indiana, get a good laugh at a photograph from the 1970s that showed a friend and colleague as they sorted through photos to try to identify the people in them at the University Archives and Special Collections at the David L. Rice Library on Wednesday afternoon.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the University of Southern Indiana's History Days at the Archives has nearly 10 million words to filter through to help establish a history of the school.

That's because staff from the University Archives and Special Collections has 10,000 photos filled with unidentified faculty and students they are trying to identify to build an online database.

Larry Goss, a faculty member who retired in 2001, felt he could help because of his experience with archiving. "I've been doing nothing but archiving, archiving, archiving, mostly photographs and documents for genealogy and that sort of thing," Goss said. He felt compelled to help when he heard about the project. "When the opportunity came here for me to help the university, I thought 'Sure, why not?'"

Read the full story on the Evansville Courier & Press website:
http://www.courierpress.com/news/2009/jul/23/usi-gaining-photo-captions/[click here]

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