In 2017, the International Tennis Hall of Fame launched a multi-year project to digitize our vast museum collection that contains more than 25,000 artifacts ranging from trophies and equipment to apparel and personal communications. In addition, there are well over 300,000 photographs, video files, publications, and scrapbooks from tennis legends. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, the public only has access to less than 1.5% of the collection at any given time.
Through the generous support of Dell Technologies, we are transforming the museum experience by making the contents of our museum available online. The Dell EMC Isilon Scale-out NAS storage system will enable us to build a comprehensive digital archive that can be used to engage tennis fans around the globe, encourage online learning, and build new programs that inspire future generations. Visit Business Insider to learn more about how the ITHF is investing in a digital future to grow the sport.
Below is a timeline highlighting our accomplishments to date, and we look forward to sharing our progress toward achieving this extensive endeavor. Want to be more involved and make a direct impact? You can help support this project and the ITHF’s mission with a donation to the Annual Fund. DONATE TODAY >
During the month of January, the museum staff at the ITHF completed the first digitization photo shoot, which consisted of photographing 500 of the approximately 1,000 artifacts in the Fashion Collection. The items included shoes, dresses, t-shirts, polos, jackets, warm-up pants, skirts, coats, and jumpsuits worn by tennis legends throughout the sport’s history.
Next, the photos will be enhanced and uploaded to our Dell EMC Isilon Scale-out NAS storage system and linked through Piction where they will be searchable throughout the organization. Eventually, this platform will be made available to curious tennis fans around the world who are not able to visit the museum in Newport, RI. The bonus for those who have already had the opportunity to explore our museum is that they will be able to view artifacts that remain in our archives.
More photo shoots are scheduled throughout the winter and spring with the remainder of our Fashion Collection being photographed in February and our Trophy Collection in March.