Increasing the Awareness of the Natchez Trace Collection

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Presentation for the Second Annual Digital Frontiers Conference. In this presentation, the authors discuss the goals, processes, exhibitions, concerns, and difficulties of the Natchez Trace Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

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Creation Date: September 20, 2013
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UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative (DiSCo)
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Digital Frontiers
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Creator (Author):
Serrano, Ann

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History; University of Texas at Austin

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Brassie, Tanya

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History; University of Texas at Austin

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  • Creation: September 20, 2013
Description:

Presentation for the Second Annual Digital Frontiers Conference. In this presentation, the authors discuss the goals, processes, exhibitions, concerns, and difficulties of the Natchez Trace Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

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Abstract: Acquired by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in 1986, the Natchez Trace Collection contains over 450 linear feet of materials from the Mississippi Valley dating from 1760 to 1920. Until now, efforts to showcase the collection have been pursued through conventional means: physical exhibitions. These physical exhibitions are inherently characterized by limited accessibility to audiences and ephemeral life spans. Additionally, rarely do they also function as a useful tool for focused research. With the advent of new technologies and the increasing interest in digital humanities, it is now possible to present collections in innovative and dynamic ways within the digital realm. To increase awareness of the Natchez Trace Collection, we are creating a digital exhibit of the collection’s 1,000+ periodicals using a Content Management System and visualization tools. Our goal is to provide a digital exhibit that is not only educational and entertaining to the casual browser, but also beneficial to potential researchers. The exhibit will answer questions commonly associated with the collection such as “What is Natchez Trace?” and “What types of materials does the collection contain?” while also showcasing samples from the periodical collection. For those potentially interested in using the Natchez Trace Collection’s periodicals for research, the visualization will provide granular data about each periodical such as title and date of publication. Our paper will chronicle our experience creating a digital exhibit and will detail the development processes from selection of CMS and visualization tools, to working with datasets and historical documents.

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11 p.: ill.

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Keyword(s): digitization projects | collection management | map visualizations
Source: Digital Frontiers Second Annual Conference, 2013, Denton, Texas, United States
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Partner:
UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative (DiSCo)
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Digital Frontiers
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  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc228290
Resource Type: Presentation
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