The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project - Interdisciplinarity, Collaboration, and Digital Humanities
The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project began in 2011 as an effort by NELC's Dr. Sarah. Ketchley to transcribe the unpublished travel journals kept by the mistress of an early excavator in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Mrs. Emma B. Andrews' writings are a unique record of the early history of Egyptology, Nile travel, tourism and society in turn of the century Egypt.
Over the course of 8 years, project work has evolved to include text encoding, mapping, and data visualization under the umbrella of Newbook Digital Texts, a thriving digital humanities publishing house co-founded by Ketchley, Professor Walter Andrews and Dr. Mary Childs.
This academic year, a talented cohort of graduate students from multiple departments have put their skills to good use in various aspects of the Emma B. Andrews Diary Project.
• MLIS Capstone students Erika Bailey and Riko Fluchel redeveloped the website design and metadata infrastructure. Erika focused on customizing the Omeka content management system's theme, while Riko developed an Item Relations framework to assign dates to individuals mentioned in the Andrews diaries. This enhanced metadata will enable researchers to search by person and date.
• Hannah Twigg-Smith, Benjamin Ferleger, Katina Papadakis and Yu-Tang Peng, CSE 512 Data Visualization Capstone students created an interactive D3 data visualization mapping diary entries, locations, and people to answer the question 'who was where when?'
• As part of her Master's Thesis in Computational Linguistics, Audrey Holmes built a Historical Markup Tool which accepts
• The Project's undergraduate interns have focused primarily on transcription and biographies this year. Connor Raftery (Senior, History) and Calvin Scott Paulson (Junior, History)
Student work has been exemplary, highlighting the many benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration which can often take research in unexpected and intriguing directions. Special thanks are due to Anneliese Dehner for generously sharing her Omeka expertise, to Joseph Easterly, Lucy Harper and Marjorie Searl of Rochester’s Sibley Watson Digital Archive for offering advice on TEI, Omeka and project workflow and Elisa Beshero-Bondar, director of the Digital Mitford project, for offering TEI markup guidance and for sharing the project’s working files with us.
Looking ahead, the focus for 2019-2020 will be to transfer completed transcriptions, images, and biographies to the project's database for publication online. Interested in joining the team? Prospective student interns are welcome to contact Dr. Ketchley to discuss opportunities. Interested in contributing to our work? You can make a donation here.