Concordia's Celebration of Student Scholarship is coming up in two short days: April 9, 2014. Students are showcasing their excellence through poster presentations and concurrent sessions during this event. Two interns from the Concordia College Archives will be among those presenting their work: Tessa Wakefield and Sam Mersch. Both Tessa and Sam are presenting their posters from 8:50 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in Memorial Auditorium. We are very proud of their work and hope many will stop by and enjoy their posters. Here is a sneak peek of the content Tessa and Sam will be presenting:
"Animating Archival Collections: Sharing a Civil War Soldier's Experiences"
Tessa's poster titled "Animating Archival Collections: Sharing a Civil War Soldier's Experiences" focuses on our Isaac Mark Abbott Civil War Letters collection. This collection includes 75 letters that Abbott wrote to his family during the Civil War. The letters range from Abbott's enlistment in the army in 1862 to 1889. The emphasis of this project was to employ digital humanities tools to produce new visualizations and interpretations of this collection. The product is a website that features maps, timelines, and commentaries that offer broader understanding of I. M. Abbott and the Civil War. This project is one example of how digital humanities research can be fused with archival collections, facilitating access to materials and opening the doors to researchers worldwide. To see a sample of the data visualizations we created for this project, click here.
"Through the Looking Glass of Time: Documents of the House of Hohenlohe"
The Concordia College Archives received a collection of German scrolls and letters associated with the House of Hohenlohe, which was located in central Germany. The provenance of the collection is difficult to ascertain. Evidence suggests that the documents were stored in an archive, later removed from the archive, and then sold to the family that donated the materials to the College Archives. These documents, penned between 1421 to approximately 1700, mostly discuss legal affairs of two of the main lines of the Hohenlohe family. Some of the scrolls also include the original seals. While most of the documents were written in early modern German, a few records were expressed in Renaissance Latin and early modern French. Written in old script, this project required transcription and translation to grasp content and context. This poster will describe the provenance of the collection, show sample documents with their translations, and describe the research process used to transcribe the documents.