I’ve supported several digital archiving projects in different phases of their development, focusing in particular on data management, digitization, text encoding for computational readability, and prototyping.
The Crane-Rychtarik Correspondence archive draws upon the archival manuscripts of 20th-century American poet Hart Crane, highlighting his correspondence with Met Opera set & costume designer Richard Rychtarik.
Part scholarly research endeavor and part front-end prototype build, the interface features: high-quality digital photographs of letters, postcards, and ephemera; manuscript transcriptions using Text Encoding Initiative best practices; contextual annotations based on research findings; plain-text search; metadata records; mappable cartographic data; and documentation on methodology, site use, and scholarly resources.
Photographed collections reside at Fales Library & Special Collections. Additional archival research was conducted at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Skills & technologies:
- archival photography
- literary-historical research
- data & collections management
- XML encoding via TEI guidelines
Among other goals, the Margaret Sanger Papers Project produces TEI-encoded transcriptions of manuscript documents pertaining to birth control activist Margaret Sanger. As a short-term consultant on this digital archive, I wrote Python scripts to help automate updates to transcription encoding in the wake of changes to Text Encoding Initiative standards.