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The Idea of the North: Exploring Evidence of Resilience and Change

A National Heritage Digitization Strategy funded project

The idea of the North often evokes cold, desolate landscapes, harsh climates, vast territory, and unpopulated wilderness. However, these concepts often do not reflect the true nature of the Canadian North and the experiences of the North in other circumpolar nations. Drawing on resources from 13 different collections in the University Archives and Special Collections in addition to materials from other Saskatchewan memory institutions, the project incorporates thousands of items in a wide range of mediums. The materials emphasize change in the North as seen in the environment through geology and ecology; socially as a result of resource extraction and the arts in northern communities; and politically through Canada’s evolving role in circumpolar relations. The selection curated for “The Idea of the North” works to question current conceptions of the North and to challenge and expand understanding of the land and its inhabitants.

Howdy McPhail: Aerial Photography

A University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections digitization project supported by the Digital Research Centre

The purpose of this project is to complete the digitization of the H.D "Howdy" McPhail collection of aerial photography and launch a dedicated website. The photographic collection, housed within the University Archives and Special Collections, consists of Saskatchewan born, Howdy McPhail’s works from the 1950's and early 1960's. Skillfully taken with one hand on the camera, the other flying a plane, the photographs show individual farms and views of towns and cities throughout the West and extending into BC, Ontario, and the United States.

Intertidal Polyphonies

Joanne Leow

A SSHRC-funded study of the waterfront developments and relevant cultural texts from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Vancouver. This project examines the sonic materialities, poetics, and politics of reclaimed land in all three sites. The online resource consolidates this collaborative research. It features field recordings from these coastlines, interviews with artists and writers, literary readings, short films, and annotated bibliographies.

Paycheques and Paper Promises: Pictou Landing First Nation Historical Database

Colin Osmond

A unique project that researches the history of the Mi'Kmaq people throughout the changes brought forth by Canadian settler-colonialism. The database combines elements of Dr Osmond's research with the entirety of his primary sources in a single platform. The database contains PDF files of historical documents, such as Indian Agent reports, correspondence, petitions, historical photographs, maps, and much more. Users can scroll freely through the records, and also use key tools such as timelines, StoryMaps, short contextual essays, and other elements to help ground themselves in the rich history of the Pictou County Mi’kmaq.

GEMMS: Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons

Jeanne Shami, Anne James, Brent Nelson and Jon Bath

The Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons (GEMMS) is a SSHRC-funded project to create an open-access, group-sourced, comprehensive, fully searchable, online bibliographic database of early modern (1530-1715) sermon manuscripts from the British Isles and North America. The database is a finding aid for all types of manuscripts related to sermons, including complete sermons, sermon notes and reports of sermons, held in numerous repositories in the UK, Ireland, the USA and Canada. GEMMS endeavours to make manuscript sermons more accessible for a wide variety of researchers, to encourage research on manuscript sermons and to provide a forum for the development of an online community of sermon scholars.

The Note Books of a Woman Alone

Ella Ophir and Jade McDougall

This project introduces and makes freely available a rare and little-known text, The Note Books of a Woman Alone, edited by Mary Geraldine Ostle and first published by J.M. Dent in 1935. The text is a compilation of eight notebooks kept from about 1913 to 1934 by an unmarried woman who earned her living first as a governess, then as a clerk in a London employment agency for domestic workers. The website contains an enhanced electronic edition with searchable, annotated text; dustcover and page images; a new index; an introduction; contemporary reviews; and the original editor’s letters to Virginia Woolf, whose feminism inspired her work. We aim to reach a general readership as well as to foster further scholarly work on the book itself and on early twentieth-century women’s history and labour history.

Transformation of Civil Society: Oral History of Ukrainian Village Culture of the 1920-30s

Natalia Khanenko-Friesen

An oral history collection, available in English and Ukrainian, presenting testimonies of 126 Ukrainian villagers from across central and eastern Ukraine who in 1993-95 spoke about their lives in their communities during the 1920-30s. These interviews are a part of a large-scale research project on the transformation of civil society in the Ukrainian countryside in the 1920-30s that resulted from the Soviet forced collectivization of Ukraine’s agricultural communities.

Textual Communities

Peter Robinson, Frank Klaassen, & Brent Nelson

The Textual Communities project aims to establish a new model of partnership between scholars and readers everywhere in exploring texts. Increasingly, the base materials for research into texts are available on the internet. The huge volume of material now available requires many people to work on them. This project will provide an infrastructure and tools to allow anyone, anywhere, interested in a text to contribute to its study, as part of a community working together.

John Donne Society Digital Prose Archive

Brent Nelson

The John Donne Society Digital Prose Archive is an initiative of the John Donne Society to build an extensive digital archive of primary materials related to the prose works of John Donne, including images and XML-encoded transcriptions of every major witness of Donne’s prose in print and manuscript. This is a collaborative project. We invite participants from all walks of life, both professional and amateur scholars.

ArchBook: Architectures of the Book

Brent Nelson & Yin Liu

ArchBook is an open-access, peer-reviewed collection of richly illustrated essays about specific design features in the history of the book. Our goal is to make the diverse history of the book -- especially the under-appreciated parts of that history -- available to students, researchers, and the public.

The John Bargrave Collection

Brent Nelson

The Bargrave Collection is part of a project titled The Digital Ark, an archive of artefacts and natural specimens as represented by surviving records of early modern collections, museum databases, contemporary drawings and engravings, as well as images of extant remnants of these collections. The Bargrave Collection is an Alpha-stage prototype of the larger project, taking one collector as an example for modeling the way in which we will link and display data across diverse media. This is very much a work in progress.

Medieval Codes

Yin Liu

The Medieval Codes project works toward a better understanding of how medieval texts are coded. Many different ways of understanding navigation, language, and intentions are implicit in medieval reading practices, but our knowledge of these aspects of medieval manuscript culture is incomplete. A better understanding of the processes by which information was encoded, transmitted, and read in the Middle Ages will benefit medievalists, aid book historians in understanding manuscript cultures, and inform our post-print world of similar practices in existence before the rise of print culture.The project focusses on English texts, c 500 - c 1500.

Collage and Digital Bricolage

Tim Nowlin

This project seeks to develop an understanding of the roles of memory, forgetting and cultural detritus as they manifest in the digital reality by inhabiting and exploring the collective cultural memory of the World Wide Web as a technological or mnemonic regime that affects the nature and content of that collective memory. We use existing tools such as Photoshop to create digital collages similar to handmade collages as well as create new tools such as the Bric-o-browser, a special browser designed for rummaging the internet for artifacts and fragments of live websites in order to apply the creative process of bricolage, or collage-making, to that collective memory. As an application that allows a capturing of fragments of live websites, the Bric-o-browser will create digital collages that have a temporal component and reflect the forgetting aspect of the net by changing over time as sites and content change or fall into disuse.

Sir Hans Sloane's Correspondence Online

Lisa Smith

Sir Hans Sloane's Correspondence Online provides access to the letters of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), famous physician, scientist and collector. Sloane's letters cover a wide range of topics, such as science, travel, collecting and medicine.

The Grub Street Project

Allison Muri

The Grub Street Project is a digital edition of eighteenth-century London. By mapping its print culture, literature, and trades, it aims to create both a historically accurate visualization of the city's commerce and communications, and a record of how its authors and artists portrayed it.

Nuremberg Chronicle

Sharon Wright

Welcome to the Athol Murray Archive and Mapping the Pages’ Nuremberg Chronicle. While a number of Chronicles survive in large libraries and archives around the world, the Wilcox Nuremberg Chronicle is remarkable for its voyage through time and geography to its current home in the village of Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Tunbridge Walks

Ronald W. Cooley

This electronic edition of Thomas Baker’s Tunbridge Walks; or, The Yeoman of Kent is the project of a collaborative graduate seminar at the University of Saskatchewan. The base text for our edition is the British Library’s copy of the 1703 first edition, the only edition for which Baker is likely to have had any contact with the printer.

Mary Shelley’s Lives of the Eminent Literary and Scientific Men

Lisa Vargo

This project reproduces five volumes of biographies that Mary Shelley (the author of Frankenstein) contributed to Dionysius Lardner’s Cabinet Cyclopaedia: Italian Lives (2 volumes,1835), Spanish and Portuguese Lives (1837), and French Lives (2 volumes, 1839).

"Turne Backe the Leaves": Selected English Renaissance Religious Writing

Ronald W. Cooley

This edition of sixteenth and seventeenth century religious writing is the result of a collaborative honours seminar at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002-2003. Works by seven early modern English religious writers, most of which are unavailable in twentieth-century editions.Early on, the requirement to work from microfilm copies of individual early printed editions, and the impossibility of travelling to research libraries to collect and collate textual variants, led the editors to resolve on a documentary edition.

Thomas Gataker's Marriage Duties Briefly Couched Togither

Ronald W. Cooley

This electronic quasi-facsimile edition of Thomas Gataker's Marriage Duties Briefly Couched Togither is the project of a collaborative senior undergraduate seminar at the University of Saskatchewan. The edition consists of an annotated transcription of the Huntington Library's copy of the 1620 first (and only) edition (included in the UMI Early English Books Microfilm collection), along with a biographical introduction, a comprehensive bibliography of Gataker's works, and extensive primary and secondary bibliographies on early modern marriage and family life.

Concordance to the Proverbs in Old Icelandic Sagas

Richard Harris

A new and exhaustive listing of the paremiological materials found in Old Icelandic Sagas. A compilation to help better understand a range of aspects of saga narrative.

Lisa Vargo & Allison Muri

The purpose of the project is to take a small number of Anna Barbauld's poems and to investigate how the medium of hypertext might be used to place a work within its literary, historical, cultural, and political contexts. Above all, we wish to transcend the limitations of the printed page to explore a different sort of editing.

As One Phoenix: Four Seventeenth-Century Women Poets

Ronald W. Cooley

This anthology is a project of an undergraduate seminar class in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan. This is the first edition (1998) prepared by Ronald W. Cooley for his site Early Modern Electronic Texts. As One Phoenix was created to produce a readable selection of poems by four important poets: Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Aemilia Lanyer, Katherine Philips, and Lady Mary Wroth, which could be inexpensively reproduced for classroom use.

The Electronic Seafarer

Corey Owen

This electronic edition of the Old English Seafarer includes a transcribed diplomatic text, textual notes, various analogues and influences, an editorial and a general introduction, and an extensive annotated bibliography. In order to facilitate the design of this project, I have constructed this reading edition around a normalised text of the poem. The hypertext edition provides a useful platform for such an edition because it allows the reader to navigate relatively easily through an intimidating amount of information.

The Prufrock Papers

Peter Stoicheff

The hypertext platform is ideally suited to the display of intertextual material. T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (seen to the left) was chosen as an occasion for designing a digital edition of a literary text due to its structure being densely allusive and challenging for the electronic editor who wants to display complex intertextual relationships in a manner accessible to all readers. A second motivation, besides the one of intertextual display, was to design a digital edition of a literary text that was both academically sound and useful to all levels of readers of Eliot’s poetry. The third goal of this edition was to exploit the advantages of the digital platform without abusing the integrity of Eliot’s text or of the scholarly editing process.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818)

Peter Stoicheff

This site is a hypertext resource for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It explores the novel's editorial variations and many of its intertexts, particularly those concerning the political and scientific issues of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and serves as a preliminary study of the Gothic genre.