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Gallery: Archival Projects

Volcano House Register

CSAV is digitally archiving the Volcano House Register (1865 - 1939) with the assistance of UH-Hilo Geology Professor Steve Lundblad and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visitors to the Volcano House recorded their observations and made drawings of volcanic activity; since Jaggar did not arrive until the early 1900's, the written record of the VHR is invaluable to scientists looking for clues to early behavior of Kilauea Volcano.

Darcy and Tracy
Darcy Bevens (left) and Tracy Lacqua (right) carefully prepare a volume of the Volcano House Register for photographing in the Archives of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Samples of pages

Robert W. Decker Slide Collection

Over the course of his illustrious career, Robert W. Decker amassed a collection of 30,000 slide photographs. Some were taken during his travels to Indonesia and Latin America, but many of the slides are duplicates which he obtained from colleagues such as the Kraffts, as well as NPS and USGS personnel. This collection has been donated to CSAV to digitally archive, complete with Meta Data, before handing the slides (and digital copies) over to the Smithsonian for permanent archival preservation. A limited number of the digital images will eventually be available for public downloading, as many are Public Domain. But others are copyright, such as those of the Kraffts, and cannot be used without permission.

Krafft Slides
Each slide is carefully and sequentially numbered; a few of Katia's are shown.
Cool Scan
The slides are scanned with a Nikon Cool Scan, which allows the technician to work on another project simultaneously, as it accepts up to 50 slides in a stack. Each slide is saved as a TIFF with 65 MB at 8-bit depth. Samples are shown below.