- Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2015

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) - Large slices of John Henry Hauberg’s life and the world that fascinated him soon will be on digital display in online archives.

Mr. Hauberg’s long life spanned the 19th and 20th centuries. A man of many interests, he was a traveler, lawyer, philanthropist, writer, conservationist and lover of nature and history. He also was a photographer, and Augustana College maintains thousands of Hauberg images of his family, his adventures and people and places.

About 8,000 of the images are in the form of glass negatives, or lantern slides, said Samantha Crisp, Augustana’s special collections librarian.

The college is working to create digital copies of about 1,500 of those images, focusing on the most locally and historically relevant, she said. The effort, funded by a $3,000 government grant, is digitizing Mr. Hauberg’s pictures of American Indians, landscapes and buildings, including his Rock Island home.

“These I just had out were images of the descendants of Black Hawk,” Ms. Crisp said.

This will make the images easier for researchers to access, she said. It also will reduce wear-and-tear and the risk of damage to the actual plates, which Augustana will retain in its special collection.

The images provide research opportunities on Mr. Hauberg, his family, the American Indians he knew and the Quad-Cities itself, Ms. Crisp said.

For example, many of his building and landscape pictures come with information indicating when and where they were taken, giving researchers a window through which they can watch changes in the uses of structures and land during that time.

About 400 of the plates have been digitized so far, Ms. Crisp said. The project is expected to completed by May or June.

As they are finished, each image is being uploaded to an archive of digital images maintained by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.

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Source: The Rock Island Argus, https://bit.ly/1NGdye5

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Information from: The Rock Island Argus, https://www.qconline.com/index.shtml

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