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Project Credits

Collection Development

This collection features photographic images and portraits documenting Howard Hughes. There are 94 images selected from two collections: The Howard Hughes Collection and the Hughes Electronics Collection. All collections are housed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Special Collections at the University Libraries.


Welcome Home, Howard!: or Whatever Became of the Daring Aviator? began as a web exhibit created by Special Collections to showcase its Howard Hughes collections in the wake of the publicity surrounding Martin Scorsese’s 2004 biopic about Howard Hughes, The Aviator. The photographs and documents were selected, and the contextual narrative written by Peter Michel, Director of Special Collections. The Libraries digitization staff scanned the photographic prints using either Canon CanoScan 9950 scanners or the Epson XL10000 with Easy Scan 7.1 software. The high-resolution (300 dpi, 24-bit) TIFF files are archived in the Web and Digitization unit of the Libraries.

The collection was converted into a searchable collection in 2008 and is presented using CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software. Dublin Core metadata was created for each item and entered into the database. To increase successful resource discovery, research was done by indexers and a variety of access points were included in the project metadata: date, subject, geographic location, and selected aircraft are examples of collection search terms that use controlled vocabulary. This vocabulary is created locally and/or derived from the Library of Congress' Thesaurus for Graphic Materials I: Subject Terms, the Getty Thesaurus for Geographic Names and The Library of Congress Name Authority File. Peter Michel provided the narrative structure for the website and contributed all text and scholarly content for the each of the chapter in the project.


Collection Development: Peter Michel, Director of Special Collections
Metadata Consultant: Kathy Rankin, Special Collections Cataloger

Project Team

Cory Lampert, Digitization Projects Librarian
Annie Sattler, Digitization Assistant/Metadata Specialist
Brian Egan, Web/Multimedia Designer
Alex Dolski, Web and Digitization Application Developer
John Fox, Information Systems Specialist
Michael Yunkin, Web Content/Usability Specialist


Not to be reproduced without permission. To purchase copies of images and/or for copyright information, contact University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries, Special Collections. Welcome Home Howard! is published by University of Nevada Las Vegas, University Libraries, October 2008.


For additional information about the content contained in Welcome Home Howard, including reproductions, permissions, and access to related collections, contact Peter Michel. For questions about this digital collection and the digitization project methods, please contact Cory Lampert. General comments, corrections, and feedback are always welcome.

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