The Stainforth Library, Project Development Recap 2018-19

[Reader, a warning: this is a draft – it will be refined and updated to be submitted with annual review materials by October 1. It is also a very long document, but it must be long in order to quantify and narrativize the different kinds of digital scholarship added to The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing this year and … Continue reading The Stainforth Library, Project Development Recap 2018-19

Of Strikethroughs, Double-strikethroughs, and Squiggles: The Editions Count

Our first count of the editions, volumes, and people mentioned in Stainforth’s library catalog yielded 7,726 editions (8,804 volumes) by 3,721 authors/editors/translators/etc, and this count was largely performed by Cayla Eagon, who was a PhD student at CU-Boulder at the time and a stellar editor – we miss having her on the team. Our first … Continue reading Of Strikethroughs, Double-strikethroughs, and Squiggles: The Editions Count

Sister co-authorship combined with cross-references = editorial pretzel

Below, I’ve pasted a Slack conversation between two Stainforth editors working on editing just one of the >1,000 Person records that we have made (one turned into two). I blog this to show the kind of thought, collaborative work, and time that editing person records for women writers requires. Maiden and married names are often … Continue reading Sister co-authorship combined with cross-references = editorial pretzel

Map of Publication Places in the Library Catalog

Go to http://stainforth.org to play with the map. Click on red clusters to discover and recover women’s writing between 1546 and 1866. When you zoom in all the way, each bubble contains a unique edition (author, title, year, publisher, printer, etc.) and also points you to the page and line number where you can find … Continue reading Map of Publication Places in the Library Catalog

Stainforth Projects by Danna D’Esopo and Leah Senatro at the 2019 DH Student Showcase

On Thursday June 6th, two of my students presented work in our end-of-year DH student showcase. The showcase took place in Archives and Special Collections, and it was organized by Amy Lueck (English), Michelle Burnham (English), and Nadia Nasr (SCU Library). It was the 3rd annual showcase of its kind, and Michelle reports that each … Continue reading Stainforth Projects by Danna D’Esopo and Leah Senatro at the 2019 DH Student Showcase

Guest lecture @ SJSU, #bigger6 graduate seminar, with activities

Last evening (4/11/19), I had the pleasure of guest lecturing in Prof. Katherine D. Harris’s graduate seminar, “#Bigger6: Decolonizing British Romantic Literature (1775-1835) through Print Culture” (ENGL 232, SJSU), from 7-8:30pm. My presentation had two parts. First, I gave a 45-minute lecture on the Stainforth library and its potential as #bigger6 activism, or the broadening … Continue reading Guest lecture @ SJSU, #bigger6 graduate seminar, with activities

“Monument to Our Matrons,” short fiction inspired by the Stainforth library’s auction in 1867

By Michael W. Harris, published in Plumbago issue 5 (Jan. 2019) I settle into my chair at the esteemed auction house of Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge to witness the selling off, piecemeal, of the careful and thoughtful accumulation of the better part of my life. No novice to London collecting circles, I had previously cultivated passions for both … Continue reading “Monument to Our Matrons,” short fiction inspired by the Stainforth library’s auction in 1867

The Grecians. A Tragedy, by Mrs. Vaughan (1824), with Stainforth bookplate

While fixing typos in our transcription data, I stumbled upon yet another Stainforth bookplate in Google Books in a digital copy of The Grecians, a play by Mrs. Vaughan (1824). The bookplate indicates that Francis Stainforth owned this exact copy of the book, and so far we have identified around 300 of these. There are … Continue reading The Grecians. A Tragedy, by Mrs. Vaughan (1824), with Stainforth bookplate

Ann Yearsley’s Library Catalog

My co-editor, Debbie Hollis, recently shared with me Ann Yearsley’s library catalog, which one can access through Gale/ECCO. Go to Ann Yearsley’s Library Catalog My current institution doesn’t subscribe to ECCO, and I took this incredible (and expensive) database for granted at both CU-Boulder, where I did my PhD, and at Dartmouth College, where I … Continue reading Ann Yearsley’s Library Catalog

Emerging Voices, an Introduction

We’re happy to introduce a new series of essays called “Emerging Voices,” written solely by undergraduate students working on authors and titles in the Stainforth library catalog. The editors are particularly excited to share these essays because not only do they offer valuable new insights into lesser-known titles and women authors between the sixteenth and … Continue reading Emerging Voices, an Introduction