How to Share Your History

Here at Retro Metro OKC, we have one goal; Make Oklahoma City’s history accessible to everyone to see and learn. Ever since we launched on July 15th, the response has been incredible. So many of you have shared your stories and your family history so we wanted to make it easier for you to help contribute.

Heres how:

There is three ways you can get your photos and other media to us.

  • The first, is the easiest way, and that is to share it on our Facebook page. You are able to upload images to our wall, even create albums.
  • The second is to email them to us at info@RetroMetroOKC.org. If your files are over 5 megabytes each you can send them one by one.
  • The third, is to use our online upload form. This form allows you to upload up to 10 images at a time, with a maximum size of 8 megabytes each.

Now, these are the guidelines to follow when scanning in your photos and documents.

We scan everything at Smithsonian standards, which basically means 600dpi .TIFF files. However, these files can be pretty large and obviously not suitable for sharing online.

So to share with us for presentation online, you should scan your images as 300dpi .JPG files. Then the files should be between 1 – 8 megabytes and easier to deal with.

Naming your Files

Next you need to name your files so that we can easily find them and sort through them. Your images need to be named using the following template:

YOURNAME-IMAGETITLE-IMAGEDATE.jpg

If you don’t know the date or only know the decade, fill in what your know. This will make it easier for our researchers to have a starting point, and easier for our archivist to sort through your uploads and incorporate them into our database.

Other Media

If you have other media like video or audio tapes, let us know as well. Because there are many different formats and media types, it might not be possible to just email or upload them. We do have access to equipment that will allow us to transfer just about every kind of media to digital form for use online, so send us an email at info@RetroMetroOKC.org and let us know ‘What’s in your attic!”

Again, we cannot thank all of you enough for your support. Our history is still being written, and with your help we can pass along our stories to generation after generation.