Undergraduates in the Archives at SCU

On June 7, 2018, the students of three Spring term classes presented collaborative book and digital exhibits in Special Collections and Archives at Santa Clara University. For their part, my students in ENG 144G, “18th-century British Women’s Writing,” curated an exhibit celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818).  Students wrote an introduction to our exhibit, short essays about each book, captions for each item, and reflections. Visit our digital exhibit here: https://scufrankenstein.omeka.net/. Our course foregrounded questions of what it means for women writers to be canonical, who is solidly in the canon, and perceiving the long continuum…

“Making Data for Now with the Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing,” Invited Guest Lecture 4-7-15, 9-10:30am, Baker-Berry Library (Dartmouth College)

[I was invited to deliver the inaugural talk in a series hosted for Baker-Berry Library at Dartmouth College. Many thanks to Laura Braunstein for organizing the event and to those who attended. And special thanks to my collaborators at CU Libraries, Deborah Hollis and Holley Long, for their continued support and teamwork.] Textual digitization projects of a large scale can take a long time. As you know, they take an even longer time when the text cannot be scanned and OCR’d and manuscript transcription is required. Today I want to take advantage of this middle stage of a long-term textual…

Stainforth Project Update, December 2014

Team Stainforth has had an extremely productive summer and fall, as we began to work collaboratively across two institutions: CU-Boulder and Dartmouth College, where I’m managing the project for my Neukom Institute postdoctoral fellowship. Follow our project blog for more frequent updates. We added two important mentors to our team, both at Dartmouth College: Professor Ivy Schweitzer, English Dept. and Women and Gender Studies, and Professor Mary Flanagan, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities and Professor of Film and Media Studies. I also want to thank Professor Dan Rockmore, Director of the Institute, and the Neukom staff who have…

Guest lecture, 1-27-14, “Digital Curation” grad seminar (Mél Hogan, JOUR6871)

I tailored this guest lecture about the Stainforth Library of Women Writers project for Mél Hogan’s graduate course in digital curation (JOUR6871). You will find my slides below. Students came from a variety of departments and, in this course, will build their own archives in WordPress. One important point I wanted to make was to convey the way that the Stainforth project thinks about the archive in contrast to the way traditional humanist scholarship makes use of archives. I also emphasized a theory of the digital archive as creating versions of and access to textual artifacts. During and following the…

Stainforth Library of Women Writers Exhibit at MLA 2014, in Inside Higher Ed

Here is a link to the digital exhibit I made for the recent presentation at MLA on Saturday, December 11, “Digital Humanities from the Ground Up” (session 528). Click on the image of our TOC to go there: The Stainforth exhibit at MLA appeared in an Inside Higher Ed article that covered recent Digital Humanities sessions at MLA14, held in Chicago this past weekend. Clearly, I should have tattooed our project URL to my right arm. Stainforth demo at MLA in Inside Higher Ed The article covers the diverse content and popularity of DH sessions at this year’s MLA, and…

Preparing for MLA 2014 Presentation on the Stainforth Project in “Digital Humanities from the Ground Up”

In early January 2014, Team Stainforth will travel to Chicago to present in the session, chaired by Amy Earhart (Texas A&M), “Digital Humanities from the Ground Up.”  (Please join us if you will be at MLA or in Chicago at this time: we are session #528, Saturday, 11 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Chicago VIII, Sheraton Chicago. Other presenters will include: Benjamin Doyle, Northeastern U; Heather Froehlich, U of Strathclyde; Kristi Girdharry, Northeastern U; Amanda Licastro, Graduate Center, CUNY; Michael Lin, UCSB; Benjamin Miller, Graduate Center, CUNY; Paige Morgan, U of Washington; David Tagnani, Washington State U, Pullman; Amanda Visconti, U…

The Stainforth Database: Re-Collecting a 19th-Century Library of Women’s Writing

[Presented by invitation on the CU faculty panel, dh+CU Symposium, CU-Boulder, August 22, 2013] In his keynote this morning, Trevor Muñoz mentioned the importance of Digital Humanists working in teams. Today, I am presenting on behalf of Team Stainforth, which includes: Deborah Hollis in Special Collections, Holley Long of CU Libraries, myself in the English Department, Elizabeth Newsom with CU Libraries, and the support and enthusiasm of Special Collections colleagues Amanda Brown, Susan Guinn-Chipman, Chris Levine, Greg Robl, and past and present students who have helped us with scanning and transcribing. We really are an excited team. Specifically, we’re passionate…

Invited to Present at the “dh+CU Symposium” — August 22, 2013

I’m thrilled to be an invited presenter at the dh+CU Symposium, to be held on August 22, 2013. My talk will focus on The Stainforth Database — a digital archive project that I am collaborating on with CU Libraries. (To read a bit about The Stainforth, see my Day of DH 2013 blog post.) I quote the symposium description below. Find the complete list of presenters here. Find the program here. I am honored to be a small part of a DH event held at CU-B that includes digital humanities experts Trevor Muñoz, John Unsworth, and Katherine Walter, as well as…

Going to MLA 2014: The Stainforth Database Project Team

I just learned that our proposal has been accepted to present The Stainforth Database Project at MLA 2014 in the session entitled “DH from the Ground Up,” chaired by Amy Earhart (TAMU). We are ecstatic to have a venue in which to present this unique and exciting project that teaches us so much about the circulation, collection, archiving, sales, and genre categorization of women’s writing in primarily the 17th-19th centuries. I am also incredibly interested in studying the “landscape” or “theater” of Stainforth’s private library in which this collection lived — this is another facet of my research in addition…

Neuchatel and Geneva Research Trip Slideshow

A short slideshow, For Cynthia and John Schultz, and in memory of Ernest A. Bigelow, with my sincere thanks for research funding through the Beverly Sears Award to study Rodolphe Töpffer’s manuscripts in Geneva and present my research at the 20th Anniversary NASSR conference in Neuchatel. August 2012 Trip Progression: University of Neuchatel, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (MAH, Geneva), and University of Geneva Archives (BGE, Geneva)