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We have for a few weeks now had all of our edited transcription files combined in one master Google Sheet instead of in 509 separate Google Sheets. This has enabled all kinds of editorial work necessary to parse our transcriptions in our database. But it also enables us to do fun things like start to search across Stainforth's entire library--at the moment, 12,036 rows of data and growing due to his tendency to list multiple editions on a single line--for topics, themes, and keywords in titles. I was interested in seeing how many titles had the term "picturesque" in them. The answer was...

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I always want to blog about the Stainforth Library authors and works I come across while transcribing, editing data, or encoding, and yet I have a very hard time stopping what I'm doing to...

Today we're celebrating a project milestone: the team completed the transcription and editing for all of the pages (1-507) of Stainforth's library catalog manuscript. We began transcribing the library catalog manuscript in January of 2014. After finishing the transcription in the fall/winter of 2014, we began editing all of the transcribed data in early March of this year and haven't stopped to catch our breath. Six months later, and after several adjustments in methodology that improved our workflow and accuracy, we can check off this monumental effort to have edited transcriptions...

Ann Maria Ainslie does not have an Orlando Project entry or a Wikipedia page, but Francis John Stainforth collected the second edition of her volume Letters from the Dead to the Living; and Moral Letters, published in Edinburgh in 1812.

Team Stainforth has some extremely good news: we are the recipients of a $47,230.00 innovative seed grant from the University of Colorado Boulder for the year 2015-2016. The grant will fund

  • technology and research assistance for completing library catalog data entry and remaining transcription
  • designing the web interface and linking our data to it
  • initiatives to teach with the Stainforth project data in a variety of disciplines, including special collections, literature, women's studies, and bibliography
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Read the blog version of this talk: here. List of Links for Part II of Talk: Shared Google Doc is here.

I was asked to present the Stainforth Digital Library of Women Writers at today's "Gear Up" DH event, sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Resource Center at Dartmouth. The goal of this event was to educate faculty regarding DH project ideas, processes, opportunities, the people who are involved in them, and what they can produce. The AHRC showcased a wide variety of projects on campus and invited new questions and connections among presenters and visitors. At first I was hesitant to present, I must admit. The invitation cited a desire to display "completed or near-complete" projects....

[Update 12/5/16: Susan Guinn-Chipman has continued researching Stainforth's biography, using this short biography draft below as her starting point. Our current biography draft can be found under the "About" tab on the project website. The biographical sketch below represents early research on the topic. It has been expanded and, in some cases, corrected.]

Knowledge of Francis John Stainforth’s life enables a more thorough understanding of the important private library of women’s writing that he collected. A larger project is underway in which we strive to answer more questions...

We recently found 5 books with Stainforth bookplates in the Newberry's catalog. One of the gems in this find is a collection of poems by Ann Murry (1755-1816). Murry is a little-known writer without an entry in either the ODNB or Orlando, but she does have a short bio on the Spenserians website, found here. Murry is an example of a writer that the Stainforth library can aid in recovering.

Ann Murry was born in London, the daughter of a wine-merchant. Little is known of Murry, though her

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