About

Laura-Michal Balderson is a History and English double major interested in the history and future of print culture. She was responsible for building this site, despite her lack of web development skills.  

Jessica Chrisman is a junior History and Spanish major at the University of Mary Washington. She has been working on transcriptions for the four scrapbooks present on this website. She is studying with a goal of working in the field of history outside of academics. 

Ellen Peiser is a History Major and Museum Studies minor interested in the connection of history to physical culture. She was responsible for prepping and uploading scanned scrapbook images, attaching data, building the timeline, as well as researching and creating the Exhibits and Context page for the Scrapbooks site. 

Ronald Vest is a History major and lover of music. He was responsible for all of the scanning, and did much of the tagging work as well. 

Alex Young is a History Major who began studying America's national narrative in 1998.  His primary role in the making of this site was researching & developing the timeline. 

This project was conceptualized at the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester and is the result of a semester-long collaboration between the above students at the University of Mary Washington. This group was one of four in the Adventures in Digital History seminar.

We chose Omeka as our platform because of its built-in metadata options which are integral to the creation of digital archives. Because none of us had previous experience with the software, we encountered a number of unforeseen obstacles throughout the creation of this site, including the necessity of coding skills which none of us previously had.

We selected the four scrapbooks included in this project based on their content, time frame, and the amount of information available in each. While there were a number of excellent scrapbooks to choose from, these four offered the names, dates, and other information needed to make tags and search features worthwhile. We felt these tools were needed to offer a useful final product. Each scrapbook is available in the Simpson Library Special Collections, however, they are too fragile for viewing. To complete this project we disbound each book from its peg binding and carefully scanned each page before returning the book to its protective box.

For the sake of time, and to lessen the stress on these fragile pages, we elected to omit a number of pages that were left blank in these scrapbooks. In some books this is the back-side of every page (left of spread), while in others these omissions are more sporadic. These omissions sometimes cause the pages in the BookReader viewer to look a little strange, particularly in regard to the binding holes on the edges, which can appear to be on the wrong side. We have tried to present an accurate representation of the material aspects of these scrapbooks.