In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mass. Memories Road Show team in University Archives and Special Collections at UMass Boston is launching a pilot project to explore how the program can collect meaningful and accurate stories about Massachusetts communities virtually.
During this pilot project, we invite photograph contributions in partnership with two Massachusetts communities who had Mass. Memories Road Show events postponed due to the pandemic: Malden and Bellingham. Only contributions from individuals with connections to these two communities will be accepted.
To participate and have photographs and stories included in this pilot collection, contributors need to:
- Complete the below Photograph and Story Submission Form.
- Describe and upload up to 3 photographs, one at a time (see below for Instructions for Scanning or Photographing Your Contribution) via the Photograph and Story Submission Form.
- Give the Mass. Memories Road Show, University Archives and Special Collections, and the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston permission to include your photograph and story in the Mass. Memories Road Show collection.
- Agree to be contacted by the member of the Mass. Memories Road Show team and schedule a short virtual meeting (either a phone call or video conferencing call) to discuss your photograph and story contribution. We expect these virtual meetings to take no more than 15-30 minutes.
Before you upload and describe your photograph(s) in the form below, please review the following guidelines.
Instructions for Scanning or Photographing Your Contribution
If you are submitting a photograph that is already available digitally, please plan to upload the file directly to the form below.
If you would like to contribute a photograph that you only have available as a physical item, here are short instructions for either scanning that physical photograph or taking a digital photograph of that physical photograph.
Do you have access to a scanner?
If you have access to a scanner, we recommend scanning your photograph contribution at 600 dpi/ppi, and saving the file as a JPG. For this pilot project we are only able to accept contributions of JPG files and most image file formats, with the exception of TIF files.
If you don’t have a scanner
If you don’t have access to a scanner, we recommend taking a digital photograph with a digital camera or smart phone and submitting that in the form below. When photographing the physical item, try to minimize glare from lights, windows, or flash from your camera.
Image Files to Upload
For the purposes of this documentation project, please upload high-resolution JPG files if possible. Please do not edit, correct, crop, or enhance images prior to upload. For this pilot project we are able to accept contributions of JPG files and most image file formats, with the exception of TIF files.
Naming the Files Before Uploading
To help us track your files correctly in our system, if possible please include your last name as part of the file name for the photograph you are submitting.
After you have submitted a single photograph, you will receive a message inviting you to return to the site to submit an additional photograph.
For information about this Mass. Memories STUCK-AT-HOME Show pilot project, please email email@example.com.