Grace Afsari-Mamagani
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digital archives

DIGITAL ARCHIVES

DIGITAL ARCHIVES

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
- PHP, JavaScript, HTML & CSS
- XML encoding via TEI guidelines

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 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.

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.

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