By Hillary Nunn and the Postcards class
With two weeks left in the term, students in our postcards class are busy finishing up scanning and metadata about the material in their binders. At the same time, they’re putting together their final research projects.
Mapping software has taken on new prominence in our seminar rooms, as three groups work toward showing how their postcards travelled. Emma Grosjean, for example, is showing how scores of the postcards in their “M. Story Bates” binder covered the same ground around the correspondents Ralph Duckworth and Minnie Bates’s home turf in northern England.
Her map allows users move easily from one postcard to another through the menu at left, while also letting them see images of the cards themselves one at a time.
The “Hold-To-Light Copper Window Cards” group, meanwhile, continues to transcribe their materials, squinting to make out postmarks to make them searchable.
Jessica Wilson, meanwhile, had the find of the day while entering metadata for cards in Feminists Leap Year Vol. 2:
The writer Pearl’s best wishes to Arthur: “Hope your still living.” On a blustery, snowy day at the end of Spring term, we know how she feels.
The David P. Campbell Postcard Collection, searchable at postcard.uakron.edu, is a key collection of the CCHP’s Institute for Human Science and Culture. This blog series chronicles student efforts to make a select group of these postcards more accessible through an Unclass offered through the EXL Center and the English Department at the University of Akron.