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The Museum as a collector of vernacular born-digital photographs: a case study of the family camera network collection at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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posted on 2021-06-08, 14:47 authored by Vitor Pavão
Active from April 2016 to March 2019, The Family Camera Network was a collaborative project that explored the relationship between family and photography. The project established a public archive at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and The ArQuives. The collection is composed of photographs, albums, home videos and miscellaneous objects. Among the objects collected by the ROM are 126 born-digital photographs. This thesis focuses on the development of cataloguing methods for born-digital vernacular photographs using existing fields in the museum’s collection catalogue, TMS. Through the use of digital metadata, this thesis describes and analysis how information embedded in the born-digital archives can assist in the production of valuable collection records.





  • Master of Arts


  • Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

  • Thesis

Thesis Advisor

Marc Boulay