SCI Digital Archives Launches New Site

Jul 19, 2012

by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist

Digital Archives of the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) have a new home with Omeka, open-source digital archives software that encourages customization and user interactivity. Check out SCI’s collections online at Queens College here

Users can access more than 12,000 photographs and manuscript pages within the six “series” of the site: Annual Reports, Chaplains’ Journals, Minutes, Photo Scrapbooks, Photographs and issues of The Lookout dating back to 1910. Digital Exhibits display items from the collection alongside stories from the history of SCI and the maritime community in New York City. Currently, our team has made two Digital Exhibits available online: The Titanic and SCI and SCI and World War II: 1939-1931.

The migration of the Digital Archives was funded in part by a grant from The Bay and Paul Foundations. The collection will continue to expand as we add more content and Digital Exhibits to the site.

Read more about the project as described in an article featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Metropolitan Archivist here.