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By Michael W. Harris

York Minster CathedralI was recently in Huddersfield, England, in the region of Yorkshire, for a conference and decided to take the opportunity to travel on England’s excellent rail system and go “up the road” to York. Besides walking around the historic city, I wanted to visit three Stainforth books held by the York Minster Library, on the grounds of York Minster Cathedral. All three books were given to York Minster as part of a donation by Edward...

By Michael W. Harris

One of the fun parts of tracking down Stainforth’s books is seeing the different types of libraries they have ended up in. As one might expect, most of the books (outside of the British Library’s collection) have so far surfaced in academic libraries and their associated rare book collections, but they have also surfaced in independent research libraries such as the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. What is intriguing, though, is...

By Michael W. Harris

The StainBehn Title Pageforth Mapping Project might have its goal of tracking down the current location of his former library books, but we are also interested in how those books got to where they are now. To do this we have to work the trail from both ends: where they went after the auction in 1867 while also...

garden-1176406_640One of the primary goals of The Stainforth Library of Women's Writing project is to recover women writers who have been neglected, undervalued, or lost from literary studies. We recognize that these voices are important for a better understanding of the historical moments they inhabited, the literary culture they participated in, and the tradition of women's writing they helped cultivate. As part of our effort to draw attention to these women, we are making a...

 

  • DH Stainforth work as an RA was experiential by nature. In other words, there wasn't an aspect of Stainforth editing that is not experiential learning, according to the editors (or from what I gleaned from their interviews)
  • Communication was a key component, especially in terms of feeling part of a collaborative team.
  • They noticed the connections between DH work on the Stainforth project and the library as inherently experiential
  • Experiential learning on the Stainforth project inspired continued work in the
  • ...

Because I have been so lucky to work with fantastic researchers/students here at Dartmouth and at CU Boulder to work on the Stainforth Library of Women's Writing, Dartmouth's Digital Humanities librarians asked me to present on experiential learning in DH. As a doctoral student, I was also paid to work on a professor's DH projects that were underway: Laura Mandell's Poetess Archive and The Letters of Robert Bloomfield. While I can...

Page 388 copy (1)As a research assistant for the Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing, one of my jobs has been to help transcribe and edit the entries in Stainforth’s manuscript into a Google spreadsheet—an activity that involves hours of staring at digitized versions of handwritten manuscript pages. The task may seem tedious—and, well, it is—but doing this kind of work has...

https://storify.com/KLeuner/s522-mla-2016 Speakers: Eric Loy (U Rochester), Kirstyn Leuner (Dartmouth C), Ryan Cordell (Northeastern U) Organized by Lindsey Eckert (Georgia State U), moderated by Megan Peiser (U of Missouri)

My (Kirstyn's) portion of Team Stainforth's presentation today will illustrate the origins of the project and the process of turning the Stainforth library catalog manuscript into data, or machine-readable and electronically shareable text. Since I am condensing 3 years of work into a few minutes, I want to use our project blog to emphasize two additional points:

  1. You have to dig into your data in order to learn what it means and why it is important. In other words, the significant labor required to edit and curate your data may seem like far too many lost hours
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