The Albert B. Sabin Digitization Project: Midwest Archives Conference Poster

At the Midwest Archives Conference student poster session

On Saturday, April 21, I had the honor of presenting a poster at the Midwest Archives Conference student poster session called, “The Albert B. Sabin Digitization Project: Balancing Restrictions and Privacy with Access.” This was an exciting opportunity for me to share Dr. Sabin’s collection with fellow archivists and discuss what we are doing here at the Winkler Center to make his materials accessible to researchers worldwide.

The poster covered the topics of classified national security information and private health information. Classified national security information has been covered in a previous blog post called, “What Do Restricted and Confidential Mean?” With regard to privacy, the poster discussed our current redaction policy, which requires us to remove individually identifiable health information from documents in the digital collection. Identifiers such as name, address, phone number, birth date, and social security number are removed to protect the identity of those individuals who are mentioned in Dr. Sabin’s research and other correspondence.

Image of poster presented at the Midwest Archives Conference, April 2012

Please check out the poster by clicking the image to the left. Also, please send me your feedback on the poster by contacting me at I look forward to hearing from you!

In 2010, the University of Cincinnati Libraries received a $314,258 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize the correspondence and photographs of Dr. Albert B. Sabin. This digitization project has been designated a NEH “We the People” project, an initiative to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the support of projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation’s history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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