Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Drawings

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Scope

The Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Drawings digital collection documents the career of one of Egypt's most prominent 20th century architects. The collection is part of an ongoing effort to digitize and describe more than 800 architectural plans and drawings related to over 60 villas, schools, churches, banks, and apartment buildings designed by Wissa Wassef between 1935 and 1972.

Biographical Note

Ramses Wissa Wassef (1911-1974) was an architect, artisan, artist, and teacher whose ideas and work exercised a significant influence on 20th century Egyptian arts and architecture. Some of Ramses Wissa Wassef's more notable projects, located in and around Cairo, Egypt, include the Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum, the Habib Gorgi Museum, the Mar Girgis (St. George) Coptic Church in Heliopolis, and the Coptic Church of the Virgin Mary (Mar'ashli Street Church) in Zamalek. He also designed a number of private residences around Cairo.

Provenance

The drawings were digitized by ______________ and described by the Rare Books and Special Collections Library 2012 and 2013. The collection is publicly accessible in the Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library. [1]

The Creating a Center for Architectural Archives in Egypt: Preservation and Access for the Papers of Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef project was made possible with funding from Grants to Preserve and Create Access to Humanities Collections of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Capture Specifications

The Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Records were captured [Equipment and Vendor] and edited using Adobe Photoshop CS4 software.

File Type Resolution Compression Dimensions Bit Depth Mode Format Edits Notes
Preservation master 300 ppi None Sized to match original, no magnification or reduction. 24 RGB image/tiff None Original scans.
Delivery master 300 ppi None Sized to match original, no magnification or reduction. 24 RGB image/tiff Cropping, color correction, image rotation. Images derived from original scans.

File Names

Use the following formula to create file names for the Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Records images:

SC-2004-01 - 01 - YYYY - ## - ### - C#
  • SC-2004-01 refers to the Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Records, Papers, and Photograph Collection call number.
  • 01 refers to Series 1: Project Plans and Drawings.
  • YYYY-## refers to the file. Each file contains a single architectural project.
    • YYYY refers to the year of the project.
    • ## refers to the number of the project within a single year, e.g. 01, 02, 03, etc.
  • ### refers to the number of the item within a single project, e.g. 001, 002, 003, etc.
  • C# refers to the copy number. If there is more than one digital image of the same item, include this identifier.

Examples

SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-001
SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-002
SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-003
SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-004-C1
SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-004-C2
SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-004-C3

Exceptions

For undated architectural drawings, use the following formula to create file names:

SC-2004-01 - 01 - ND - ## - ### - C#

For architectural drawings created by others, use the following formula to create file names:

SC-2004-01 - 01 - PO - ## - ### - C#

For architectural surveys created by others, use the following formula to create file names:

SC-2004-01 - 01 - SO - ## - ### - C#

For architectural surveys created by unidentified others, use the following formula to create file names:

SC-2004-01 - 01 - SU - ## - ### - C#

For architectural drawings created by Ramses Wissa Wassef as a student, use the following formula to create file names:

SC-2004-01 - 01 - SW - ## - ### - C#

For architectural drawings created as teaching materials, use the following formula to create file names:

SC-2004-01 - 01 - TM - ## - ### - C#

For architectural drawings from unidentified projects, use the following formula to create file names:

SC-2004-01 - 01 - UP - ## - ### - C#

Directory Structure

Use the following hierarchy template to organize images:

  • Collection Title
    • Type
      • File/Project
        • Item/Image

Example

  • Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Records
    • Preservation Master
      • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-001.tif
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-002.tif
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-003.tif
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-004-C1.tif
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-004-C2.tif
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-004-C3.tif
    • Delivery Master
      • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-001.tif
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-002.tif
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-003.tif
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-004-C1.tif
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-004-C2.tif
        • SC-2004-01-01-1939-01-004-C3.tif

Metadata

Description

Label Notes Example Required
Title
  • Enter a brief but descriptive title in English.
  • Capitalize the first word of the title, and enter in lowercase all other words except proper nouns.
  • Do not include initial articles, unless an integral part of the title and/or provided by the creator as the true title. This allows the system to index by title alphabetically.
  • Refer to the list of title descriptors below.
French College of Daher
Alternative Title
  • Use for other titles the resource may be known by, alternate spellings, transliterations, MARC title statement, etc.
  • Capitalize the first word of the title, and enter in lowercase all other words except proper nouns.
  • Do not move initial articles to the end.
College Francais du Daher; al-Madrasah al-Farnsawy bi al-Dhahir
Architect
  • Enter a name from the Library of Congress Name Authority File[2].
  • If an authorized name is not found in the Library of Congress Name Authority File[2], create one based on AACR2 rules.
Wissa Wassef, Ramses
Description
  • Enter supplemental descriptive information such as a free text summary.
  • End field with a period.
  • Avoid simply restating the title.
Topic
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings [2] should be used to record specific topical information about the image and its context to the collection. Additionally, when describing items that are graphic in nature, such as photographs, use Subjects.
  • Include terms for places such as in this field if the object being described relates directly to the location. For example, an aerial photograph of Luxor should include Luxor (Egypt) in the Topic field.
  • Refer to the list of approved Topics below.
Architecture; School buildings
Location
  • Look up terms in the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names[3].
  • List multiple entries separated by a semicolon in order of decreasing specificity.
  • Refer to the list of approved Locations below.
Cairo; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
Date Created
  • Format the date according ISO 8601 standard:
    • YYYY-MM-DD
    • YYYY-MM
    • YYYY
    • YYYY-YYYY
  • If the date is entirely unknown, do not enter text like “undated.” Instead, narrow the date to a date range, e.g. 1900-1999.
  • List multiple entries separated by a semicolon in chronological order.
1939-05-10
Type
  • Enter the characteristic and general type of content of the resource.
  • Look up terms using the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Type Vocabulary[4].
  • Refer to the list of approved Types below.
Still Image
Format *Enter Internet Media Type[5]. image/jp2
Extent
  • Enter dimensions of original in W x H unit or measurement, using the metric system (e.g. mm. or cm.) or digital image measurement (e.g. px.).
  • Abbreviate units, such as px. or mm. End each unit of measurement with a period.
  • Include the number of pages when applicable, in ### p. format. End p with a period.
22 drawings
Medium
  • Enter original format or medium information in this field.
  • Look up terms in the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus. [6]
architectural drawings (visual works)
Identifier
  • Enter a unique identifier.
  • The identifier should be the same as the digital file name of the directory and correspond with the physical collection.
SC-2004-01-01-1939-01
Original Identifier
  • Enter the original file name if different from identifier.
WW-1939-01
Collection
  • Enter the title of the digital collection to which the resource belongs.
Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Drawings
Source
  • Enter the file, series, collection, repository, and institution.
  • Separate multiple entries with a semicolon and a space.
Ramses Wissa Wassef Project Plans and Drawings; Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Records, Papers, and Photograph Collections; Rare Books and Special Collections Library; American University in Cairo
License
  • Enter copyright information.
Copyright 2013, American University in Cairo. All rights reserved.
Access Rights
  • Enter permission and reproduction request information.
To inquire about permissions or reproductions, contact the Regional Architecture Collection Department in Rare Books and Special Collections Library, The American University in Cairo at +20.2.2615.2923, +20.2.2615.3094, or rbscl-ref@aucegypt.edu.
Acknowledgements
  • Include granting and funding agencies, donors, etc.
The Creating a Center for Architectural Archives in Egypt: Preservation and Access for the Papers of Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef project was made possible with funding from Grants to Preserve and Create Access to Humanities Collections of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Workflow

Name/Label Scope Note Example Required
Date Entered
  • Enter the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format, that the metadata record is created.
2012-05-22
Date Reviewed-Specialist
  • Enter the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format, that the metadata record is reviewed by the RBSCL Reference Specialist & Curator II/ Regional Architecture Collections.
2012-05-28
Date Reviewed-Curator
  • Enter the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format, that the metadata record is reviewed by the RBSCL Regional Architecture Collections Curator.
2012-05-28
Date Reviewed-Archivist
  • Enter the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format, that the metadata record is reviewed by the RBSCL Digital Collections Archivist.
2012-05-31
Date Selected
  • Enter the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format, that the item is selected for inclusion in the digital collection.
2012-05-31
Date Uploaded
  • Enter the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format, that the item is uploaded to the digital collection.
2012-05-31

Controlled Vocabularies

Topic

  • Architect-designed houses
  • Architecture
  • Architecture, domestic
  • Architecture, industrial
  • Architecture, Islamic
  • Bank buildings
  • Church architecture
  • College buildings
  • Dormitories
  • Lyceums
  • School administration buildings
  • School buildings
  • Vernacular architecture

Location

  • Alexandria; Al-Iskandarīyah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Alhama de Granada; Granada province; Andalusia; Spain; Europe
  • Ismailia; Al-Ismāʻīlīyah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Al Maʻādī; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Cairo; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Giza; Al-Jīzah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Ḥulwān; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Kūbrī al Qubbah; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Luxor; Al-Uqşur governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Manshīyat al Bakrī; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Miṣr al Jadīdah; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa [7]
  • Old Cairo; Cairo; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa

Medium

  • architectural drawings (visual works)

Properties

Configuration of CONTENTdm collection and administrative fields. [8]

Collection Fields

Field name DC map Data type Large Search Hide Required Vocab
Title Title Text
Alternative Title Title-Alternative Text
Architect Creator Text
Description Description Text
Name Subject Text
Topic Subject Text
Subject Subject Text
Architectural Detail Subject Text
Location Coverage-Spatial Text
Date Created Date-Created Date
Type Type Text
Format Format Text
Extent Format-Extent Text
Medium Format-Medium Text
Language Language Text
Identifier Identifier Text
Original Identifier Identifier Text
Collection Relation Text
Source Source Text
License Rights-License Text
Access Rights Rights-Access Rights Text
Acknowledgements Description Text

Administrative Fields

Field name DC map Data type Search Hide
Archival file None Text
OCLC number None Text
Date issued Date-issued Date
Date modified Date-modified Date
CONTENTdm number None Text
CONTENTdm file name None Text

References

  1. Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Library of Congress Authorities
  3. Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
  4. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Type Vocabulary
  5. Internet Media Types
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named AAT
  7. For Heliopolis.
  8. CONTENTdm
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