There are many ways to manage and arrange your research photographs. One tool that can be helpful is Tropy, a free, open-source software that allows researchers to organize and describe photographs of research materials. You can read more about the software on the Tropy website.
The following video will provide a brief overview of Tropy: Introduction to Tropy
Tropy software works with the following file formats:
Tropy DOES NOT store photographs. To use photos within Tropy, access to the original files is required so the files should be stored on your computer or in the cloud (i.e., GooglePhotos).
Note: Skip this step if you are borrowing a Reading Room laptop. The software is already installed.
Visit Tropy's website and download the appropriate software for your operating system.
Follow on-screen installation instructions after software downloads.
Tropy will prompt you to create a new project after opening the software.
Note: Think of a project in broad terms (e.g., an entire archival collection, research topic, book, or thesis) since only one project can be open in Tropy at a time.
Projects are saved by default to the Documents folder on your hard drive. You can choose a different folder for the project when you create the project
Once a project is created, Project View will be visible (example below).
There are multiple ways to import photos using Tropy.
When you import an image file, Tropy makes thumbnail copies of your photographs. The original photo remains in its original storage location.