Re: The growing problem of erroneous captions


More serious is the notion that libraries or archives can pitch the original photographers notes on old negative sleeves, or hand typed notes for groups of negatives . . . or Rr PR departments notes when calling out what negatives to print or the old frames with notes around browning prints . . . because they are now digitially re-entered by humans as they wish.  Please save them, separately, until they crumb apart !

Al Kresse

----- Original Message -----
From: "Douglas Harding" < dharding @ nethtc .net>
To: STMFC @ yahoogroups .com
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 8:41:35 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [ STMFC ] Re: The growing problem of erroneous captions

Two weeks ago I was researching the M& StL at the Mercantile Library in St.
Louis, accessing the Barriger Collection. While going through John
Barriger's photo album of the M& StL photos, I noticed more than a few photo
captions contained errors. While these were not freight car photos, a person
using this collection as a first source of historic value, could come away
with incorrect information in their notes. I mentioned the errors to the
attendant, but had no way of correcting the captions. While I knew the
correct information for the M& StL , the experince made me suspicious of other
"facts" recorded for which I was not familiar. I know, you should always
double check and verify, but sometimes when doing historic research you only
have one source.

As to captions in books and magazines, as an author I have submitted
captions which were not used or edited to where I hardly recognized them. If
the person who does the finally proof reading does not know the subject
matter, well .....

Doug Harding
www . iowacentralrr .org

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