Collective Annotated Bibliography

Authors Page, M.C, Hurley, J.H., Collins, B., Glover, J.B., Bryant, R., Clark, E., Davis, M., Gue, R., Van Horn Melton, S.,  Miller, B.,  Pierce, M.L., Slemons, M., Varner, J. and Wharton. R. argue that a successful, interdisciplinary collaboration is possible to yield advances in digital historiography. The article provides examples of technology that is used by students along with historical context to help bring about about an innovative approach of remapping Atlanta’s past. The main goal of the “Digital Atlanta” article is about Georgia State and Emory Universities combined efforts throughout digital projects to address Atlanta’s archaeological built environments and past achievements through digital databases such as; geo-databases, spatial history tools and digital map collections. The target audience of this article are those to work and inhabit the city of Atlanta. This is known from the consistent use of the pronoun, “we”. This implies that the authors are communicating as a whole/community. City planners, historiographers, archaeologists, urban geographers, people in CIS professions, and students who study government, geology/geography, history, information systems, or modeling may find this work useful because this article collaborates varied and specific skills from numerous professions on the history of Atlanta along with the process of a digital remapping of the city. This cross section of skills provides reference for students and professionals as to how their abilities continue to contribute to a greater understanding of history and science.

Evaluating Sources

1. Historical Question: Hollywood movies about the American Revolution made 2001.
Source 1: Hollywood movies about the American Revolution made 2001.
Source 2: Book written by a famous historian who expert on the American Revolution, published in 1999.
Which do you trust more? Why?
I trust the second source more, because a famous American Revolution historian wrote the book.
2. Historical Question: What was slavery like in South Carolina?
Source 1: Interview with former slave in 1930. The interviewer is a young black man.
Source 2: Interview with former slave in 1930. The interviewer is a white woman working for the government.
Which do you trust more? Why?
I trust the first source more over the second source. The interviewer determines the credibility, because I think the black interviewer can identify more with the former slave than a government worker.
3. Historical Question: What was the layout the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz?
Source 1: Interview with 80 year-old Holocaust survivor in 1985.
Source 2: Map of concentration camp found in Nazi files.
Which do you trust more? Why?
I trust the second source over the first source. A map will show you the entire layout of Auschwitz which will help you answer your question. The survivor might not recall the exact design , because the Holocaust happened a couple of years ago.
4. Historical Question: Why were the Japanese Americans pt. in interment campus during WWII?
Source 1: Government film explaining internment from 1942.
Source 2: Government report on Japanese from 1983 based on classified government documents.
Which do you trust more? Why?
I trust the second source over the first one, because the second source is a government report. The second source will be less bias and include detailed evidence to support our claim.
5. Historical Question: Did American soldiers commit atrocities during the Vietnam War in 1969?
Source 1: Sworn testimony by American Sergeant in Congressional hearings in 1969.
Source 2: Speech by American General touring the United States in 1969.
Which do you trust more? Why?
I think the second source is more trustworthy than the first one. A sergeant giving sworn testimony means the information is truthful and not altered. His incentive for telling the truth is avoiding criminal charges for lying under oath to Congress.
6. Historical Question: What happened at the Battle of Little Bighorn?
Source 1: High school history textbook from 1985.
Source 2: Newspaper account from the day after the battle in June 1876.
Which do you trust more? Why?
I trust the newspaper article over the history textbook. A newspaper article written after the battle will give you firsthand information from witnesses and solders at Little Bighorn.

Image Interpretations

Viewers Interpretations:

Life begins as an infant.

Life starts small.

What defines normal birth? man made lie?

Life is full of different types of emotions.

Human life is valuable despite suffering.

Life emphasizes youth and the young.

Life is fulled with many different emotions.

Life is within our children.

A child contains the full potential of the rest of their life in them.

This claim emphasizes not only life in a pure, happy form through the babies, but portrays the different emotions that will be experienced throughout that life.

Author’s  Interpretation:

Life is filled with laughter, sadness, and happiness.

 

Introduction to Special Collections and Archives

Archive/s

Noun:

  • a collection of historical documents or records providing information about  place, an institution, or group of  people
  • the place where historical documents or records are kept

Archive

Verb:

  • to place or store(something) in an archives

Primary Source

Material that contains firsthand accounts of events that was created contemporaneous to those events or later recalled by an eyewitness

In what ways does a traditional archives differ from a library?

  • Primary Sources-unpolished manuscripts and records
  • Material is not loaned
  • Unique and irreplaceable
  • Access and use may be restricted

Organization of Special Collections and Archives

  • Southern Labor Archives
  • University Archives
  • Popular Music and Culture Collection
  • Georgia Government Documentation Project
  • Women  and Gender Collections
  • Rare Book Collection
  • Photographic Collections
  • Social Change Collections

Manuscript Collections Format

  • Traditional paper-based
  • Textiles
  • Artifacts
  • Photographs

Other Collections

  • Periodicals
  • Pamphlets
  • Books
  • A/V (generally digitized on the fly)
  • Digital Collections(NOT EVERYTHING)
  • Preservation/ research value/ cool value
    • Right issues prevents some digitization
    • Cost/time to digitize

Oral Histories

  • Fill in the gaps
  • Document the under-documented
  • Provide personal perspectives
    • Be careful: personal is subjective

Metadata

What is it?

  • Descriptive Material

Where did it come from?

  • Who made it/who published it?

How can I find more things like it?

  • Search terms/tagging

What can I do with it?

  • Rights information

Metadata in Special Collections

  • Finding aids
  • Catalog records
  • Digitized Material

Th most important thing about metadata?

Consistency

  • Consider using Dublin Core elements
  • Consider creating/ using a thesaurus

 

What’ll ya have?

The Varsity

The author writes three posts about the Varsity, a drive-in restaurant in Atlanta. In “The Varsity: A Deconstruction”, he writes about the visual aspect. He primarily focused on the color scheme. The author wrote a detailed description on the table layout. He included each table item the salt and pepper shaker, the napkin holder, and the mustard and ketchup bottles. He even counted the number of holes on the shakers and the design of  the bottles.  I noticed from his description that the Varsity is very uniform. The table layouts  never changed  throughout the restaurant. Each table is identical to each other.  It is a very detailed ordeal restaurant.

The author’s intended audience are people interested in the topic of race and architecture.  In his blog post, the author describes the Varsity’s lack of diversity. He noticed the lack of non-white customers in the restaurant. In his observations, he observed the customers race and tallied the amount. He found out fifty-three customers were white and three customers were African American. This lead to the author observing the restaurant’s décor. The restaurant décor featured white actors meaning the target audience were white customers. A researcher might want to use these observations to further study about architecture and race in restaurants.

The brief description of the Varsity’s history helped the audience ease into the post.  He conducted his own experiments to help prove the restaurant racial difference. Also, he includes his own personal experience to help his ethos. The author needs to write about his decision behind choosing the restaurant’s color scheme. Also, the author needs to focus his attention of the restaurant’s diverse design.

Blog Vocabulary

Class Notes from Wednesday, January 13, 2017
Back End-where the author/administrator composes
Front End-where your audience “reads” your compositions
Dashboard-the back end of your site
Theme-the user experience of the front end of your site
Affordances-the things the design of the theme/app prevents you from doing
Blog-a collection of compositions on the web
Digital Identity:the persona created by an online presence

Digital Identity

Class Notes from Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rhetorical Situation:audience/speaker or writer/message/medium/context
Rhetoric:the “art” of persuasion;style
Ethos:appeals to the credibility of the speaker
Pathos:appeals to the emotions of the audience
Logos:appeals to a sense of logic in the audience
Vocabulary:
Domain-a subdivision of the Internet consisting of computers or sites usually with a common purpose
Front End-a software interface designed to enable user-friendly interaction with a computer
Back End-denoting a subordinate processor or program which performs a specialized function on behalf of a main processor or software system
Dashboard-a software-based control panel for one or more applications, network devices or industrial machines
Affordances-is the possibility of an action on an object or environment
Constraints-a limitation or restriction
Pages-information that you want to share with your readers but don’t expect to update frequently.
Posts-a piece of writing or other item of content posted on a blog