External id: 1081

Manager Email: waarala2@illinois.edu

Owner Email: dsears@illinois.edu

Start Date: 2015-10-19

Status: active


Digital Manuscript Collections

The University of Illinois Digital Manuscript Collection is a web-based tool for understanding the creative process through study of original manuscripts. The diverse collection reflects some of the strengths of the University's special collections and includes both digital facsimiles of traditional manuscripts and "born-digital" materials.

RBML selects manuscripts for digitization and prioritizes their project queue. DCC digitizes content for selected ongoing projects weekly.

HathiTrust RBML Digital Manuscript Collections

The digitial Project Unica collection is accessible at : http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/mb?a=listis&c=500107824

Medieval to modern manuscripts from The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Digital Content Creation is responsible for the ingest and organization of HathiTrust RBML collections.  Please use the following ID and passowrd to orgnaize collections in HathiTrust

Email: rbmlhathi@library.illinois.edu

Password: RBML@Hathi


Cataloging status

  • RBML reviews the catalog record upon selecting and prioritization in digital queue.

File Naming

  • Name files with 8 digit padded number (ex. 00000001, 00000002, 00000003)
  • If digitization of multiple volumes happens during digitization sessions, added bibid to file name (must be removed later before ingest into Medusa) (ex. Bibid_00000001)

Digitization Equipment 

  • RCAM or BC100

Deliverables (file formats)

  • Preservation masters tif for Medusa
  • Access tif for HathiTrust

Preservation Master

  • 600 DPI
  • Fixed pixel array
  • Adobe RGB
  • 16 bit
  • Include target item level target (beginning/end of volume)
  • Crop outside page edge


  • 400 DPI
  • 3000 pixels on the long edge
  • sRGB
  • 8 bit
  • Crop outside page edge
  • Include appropriate production note/blank 

Directory Structure:

  • Save preservation master files/access files within folder named with bibid.

Destination of files:

Working files (prior to ingest into HathiTrust)

  • \\storage.library.illinois.edu\dcc\DCC Unprocessed Files\Digital_Manuscript_Collection\QAqueue

Access files

  • \\storage.library.illinois.edu\hathitrust\packages\DCC

Preservation Master files per batch (ex. date_projectname_repositoryname)

  • \\storage.library.illinois.edu\dcc\MedusaStaging