David Shepherd (1924-2018) Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of 36 boxes which are organized into 4 series: Biographical Materials; Professional Materials; Photographs; Multimedia.
The Biographical Materials (1942-2014) series contains print and born-digital materials Shepherd’s correspondence, interviews, autobiographical materials, as well as significant portion of his journals which span the length of his career. Other materials are often inserted among the pages of the journals, such as flyers, newsletters, and other printed matter.
The Professional Materials (1953-2013) series consists of born-digital and print materials of individual subject files related to Shepherd’s career. It should be noted that these files preserve Shepherd’s original organization and contain materials related to multiple projects. Of note are copies of Shepherd’s book “…That Movie Inside Your Head” as well as a collection of programs and planning materials related to the Compass Players.
The Photographs (1934-2010) series are divided between photo albums, files containing individual photographs from Shepherd's professional life, and born-digital photographs.
The Multimedia (1972-2010) series consists of audio cassettes, digital video tapes, VHS, DVDs, CDs, and a USB flash drive. These include recordings of specific events as well as media related to Shepherd’s career. Some VHS cassette boxes contain note cards or multiple cassette labels with detailed information. A general note at the item level in the container list indicates when these notes are present. The files from born-digital media (DVDs, CDs, and flash drive) have been extracted from the original discs and described in other series of this collection.
- 1934 - 2019
- Shepherd, David, 1924-2018 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Access is available to the entire collection; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations. Some personal data, such as street addresses, phone numbers, and/or email addresses, from born-digital files have been redacted. Access to files on analog formats (audio cassettes, digital video tapes, and VHS) may be unavailable or delayed due to reformatting required to access these files.
Language of Materials
The David Shepherd (1924-2018) Papers consists of 36 boxes and 24.1 gigabytes of born-digital files containing materials related to his work in improvisational theater.
The Biographical Materials, Professional Materials, and Photographs series have been arranged alphabetically according to title. The Professional Materials and Photographs series maintain Shepherd’s original organization, with the exception of the born-digital files which have been intellectually organized alongside related materials alphabetically. The Multimedia series has been arranged by format type: Audio Cassettes, Digital Video Tapes (DVCPro and MiniDV tapes), VHS, and born-digital media (DVDs, CDs, and USB flash drive).
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Available born-digital materials in this collection are delivered to researchers in born-digital formats. Requests for different access methods, such as those not using computers or with the aid of assistive technologies, must be made in advance of a research appointment to Library staff.
Born-digital materials within the collection may be viewed within the McCormick Library Reading Room during research appointments. All necessary hardware and software will be provided during the appointment to access these materials to the best of our abilities. Some requests may also be made for remote access to the born-digital files pending rights and permissions.
Data from born-digital materials in this collection were transferred using read-only technologies creating preservation copies to extract the content without altering any of its data. Preservation files have undergone a checksum algorithm to allow for future data integrity and authenticity checking and repair according to the Libraries’ digital preservation policy. Derivative copies of the original files have been generated for research access and use.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by David Shepherd and Michael Golding in 2016. Born-digital files were extracted from DVDs, CDs, email attachements, and a USB flash drive between 2021-2022 to create preservation copies of the data and to transfer to data to Libraries’ managed storage.
Approximately 8.3 megabytes of born-digital files were removed from the collection as they were true duplicates. Approximately 3.58 gigabytes of born-digital files were removed the collection as they were identified as out-of-scope with the colleciton.
- Guide to the David Shepherd (1924-2018) Papers
- Robin Steuteville, Kyle Kaplan, Kelsey O'Connell
- 2021, 2023 (updated)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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