Digital Project

Downloads and Links for This Project:

Original Project Guidelines
WHM Visit Information & Reminders
Transcription Template

Referral Card Abbreviations (editable Google Doc – please help improve it!)

Final *Revised* Submission Instructions – Due Friday, March 9 by midnight

The Worcester Historical Museum granted me access to all the Google drives where your envelope’s images are kept, so you don’t need to rename or re-send me the images (if you already did this that’s fine though).

Here is what I need from you to complete this project —

1) A list of the digitized images for your envelope and how they correspond to the image numbers in the Google drive. (4 points)

2) Completed case file entered HERE. (10 points) *note: I think we fixed all the various bugs. If you have a birthdate that isn’t a day/month/year you should be able to enter it as alternative text.

3) A 2+ page narrative about the family’s story, proofread for grammar and elegance. (6 points)

Submit by emailing parts 1 and 3 to me, and completing part 2 online at the link. Email me if you need help logging in or remembering your preset password, or you hit other snags.

*************** ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS BELOW **************************************

Week of 2/12/18

Visit the Worcester Historical Museum and select one casefile envelope from the Temporary Home & Day Nursery collection. Look closely, handle the contents, take notes, make lists, and have the envelope’s cards digitally reproduced on the museum’s scanner (except for the referral slips). The museum will do your scanning, and then you’ll receive the files by email. You may also take your own pictures for your reference / research purposes.

  • Note all the text written on the front and back of the envelope (it doesn’t get scanned)
  • Make a list of all the envelope’s contents
  • Make a careful inventory of any referral slips (they don’t get scanned)
  • Have the museum scan the other contents (all the cards, any other enclosures)

When you get your files, please rename them in order this way –

For example: If the family’s name was Murphy, name the images Murphy1, Murphy2, Murphy3, etc. For the front and back of the same card or item, name them Murphy1a, Murphy1b.

Week of 2/19 – we will work on the project in class & as homework on Wednesday and Friday (no class Monday, university holiday). Please BRING LAPTOPS to class both days.

What we’ll do in class —

1) Check your images against your notes. Make sure you have everything you need and everything you thought was being digitized at the museum.

2) Make a complete, accurate, exact typed text copy of all the information handwritten on the cards. Don’t change anything. Don’t add anything. Don’t correct spelling. Just make as close a copy as possible. You will do this in a Word document template (see downloads, above). Save the document with just the family’s last name as the new document title.

3) List the other contents of the envelope. That can be a straightforward list right from your research notes. List all photographs, newspaper clippings, objects, letters, notes, referral slips, or anything else that was inside the envelope.

4) In class we will work on filling in the metadata fields in an online database. Bring your research notes and have them available in class, along with your laptop so you can access the digitized images and your transcription document in progress.

Database Site Link

On your own, you’ll…

Write a 2-page (minimum) narrative paper telling the story of the people in your envelope, with as much information as you can possibly squeeze from its contents or from other sources. You could, for example, see if the buildings at the addresses mentioned in the envelope are still standing. If you have access to a car, take a trip to see them and photograph them or describe the building and neighborhood as it is now. Some of the other places, city charities, or organizations (like hospitals) may be found in reference works or online. Copies of city directories and City Documents (i.e. city department reports, some of which might? be relevant) are in CityLab (Urban Studies Dept). If a disease is mentioned, learn a little about it. Consider cross-referencing your file’s information with Rosenzweig’s book – for example, does he write about the company where someone in this family worked?

Your project is done when I have ALL of the following:

1) The digitized images, properly named. (4 points)
2) Completed case file entered into Drupal. (10 points)
3) Your 2+ page narrative, proofread for grammar and elegance. (6 points)

How to submit: download to me on flash drive in class, or share as Google drive folder, or send as zipped / compressed file attached to email.

Project full credit is only possible if all of the above are submitted by Friday,
February 23