For each of the 15 sports facilities, a brief history is given, discussing the building of the facility, the events held there, and its current state. Searching can be conducted by facility, sport, other event, image topic, date range, and original media. While the collection does provide some background information on the facilities and extensive cataloguing of each image, what it does best (and perhaps this is the goal) is leave the user wanting more. For instance, how was a ski jump competition held in the Boston Garden (a basketball and hockey stadium)? Were the chariot races at the Charles River Speedway just for fun or a serious sporting event? What in the world is the New England Roller Polo Championship?
This site also provides some good examples for those studying digitization projects. The site’s “Rights” section contains a well-worded disclosure on the copyright status of the images. One passage is of particular interest and may serve as a guide for those planning a digitization program:
The nature of historical archival collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Whenever possible, information has been provided about copyright owners and other restrictions in the "Rights" field of each image’s metadata. This information is provided as a service to help users determine the appropriate use of an item, but that determination ultimately rests with the patron.
Additionally, the site explains the criteria used in selecting images for inclusion in the collection. These include the geographic location of the facility, its accessibility to the public, and additional criteria specific to the actual image.