Digital & Archival Work

Guest Curator at the Cape Ann Museum. Conceptualized, researched and wrote Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann before 1900, a main gallery exhibition, print catalog, and digital exhibition showcasing documentary holdings of eight institutions, ranging in size from the Museum itself to small, neighborhood historical societies. Materials span from Native American life on Cape Ann, through the first European settlers in the 1640s, to the introduction of the railroad and other forms of mass transportation. Organized thematically, Unfolding Histories highlights experiences and perspectives that have often been neglected in the dominant accounts of the area’s past. September 2015 to August 2018.

Director of Networked Early American Resources (NEAR). Developing a new node to the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), which will include AAS’s North American Imprints Program and early American digital humanities projects. Work with Gale Cengage and EBSCO to include digital surrogates that exist for these 150,000 items will be linked from AAS bibliographic records. Oversee software company’s establishment of the the node in Collex and the transformation of MARC to RDF. Formulating a steering committee and editorial board to oversee this work. Secured funding through a partnership with New York University Libraries. January 2016 to April 2018.

Online Exhibitions. Direct the technical, intellectual, and logistical development of online exhibitions at AAS using Omeka. Oversee the staff-curated exhibitions, including English to Algonquian: Early New England Translations, James Fenimore Cooper: Shadow and Substance, Women and the World of Dime Novels, and Louis Prang and Chromolithography. Partnered with an English class at University of Maryland, Baltimore County to produce Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print. Collaborated with New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to produce Revisiting Rebellion: Nat Turner in the American Imagination. February 2015 to May 2018.

Printers’ File Online and The Roles in the Early Modern Printing Trade (REMPT) Ontology. Direct the transformation of the Printers’ File, 16,000 index cards that hold information for some 6,000 people in the book trades, detailing basic biographical information, occupations, and firm and newspaper associations from 1640-1820 into a linked open data project. Manage outside contract work as well as data organization and entry. Secured outside grant funding for first phase of project and writing another grant with international partnerships for this work. September 2013 to April 2018.

Digital Antiquarian. Launched a new initiative at AAS to explore critical, historical, and practical challenges of archival research and access, offering project-based development and discussion focused on historical information literacy in the digital age. Partnered with New York University to plan a nationwide conference, the largest conference ever hosted by AAS, and a five-day workshop with eighteen selected participants to seed digital humanities projects at AAS. Requested and received $8,000 from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and $5,000 from New York University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences to help underwrite these events. April 2014 to June 2015.

Verses in Vogue with the Vulgar: Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads. Managed a project to transform what was to be a three-volume coffee table book into an Omeka-based website with over 800 images and 300 short essays explaining the broadside ballads that Isaiah Thomas collected in Boston from 1812 to1814. Managed the budget and four part-time employees, as well as worked with catalogers to extract MARC records and convert them to Dublin Core. Partnered with two history classes at Assumption College and a public history class at University of Glasgow to transcribe and tag the ballads with Textual Encoding Initiative (TEI) XML markup. Oversaw the inclusion of 30 ballad recordings for inclusion on the site. September 2013 to July 2016.

Mathew Carey Papers Database. Managed the transformation of a card catalog index of financial records into a relational database that corresponds to the 16,000 scans of the financial records of Carey, Lea, and Company, and Lea and Blanchard, 1785-1859. Oversaw the work of three full-time employees. March 2014 to March 2015.

Text Encoding and Editing. Created digital edition of Absalom Jones and Richard Allen’s Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People, during the Late Awful Calamity in Philadelphia (1794) with the financial and institutional support of 18thConnect and published on the TEI Archive, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS) Project. Attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute to learn TEI markup. Attended an NEH Institutes in Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program on scholarly text encoding to learn to publish such an edition using XSLT. May 2012 to November 2014.

Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL) Assistant Director. Coordinated and mentored the instructors of the DWRL, both in teaching with technology and research projects. Participated in long-term planning and budgeting, and advised on lab policy and development. Wrote and received a grant for $30,000 in technological advancements for the lab classrooms. Provided guidance to instructors in the use of technologies such as the Drupal content management system and the Learning Record Online. Planned the Speaker Series. May 2008 to May 2010.

Harry Ransom Center Graduate Research Assistant. Answered research queries and conducted bibliographic searches. Helped maintain the Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holdings online resource. Updated The Joyce Calendar: A Chronological Listing of Unpublished and Ungathered Letters by James Joyce. Transcribed and wrote a research report on the “Sinn Fein Notebook,” an uncataloged autography book. Gave tours of the archive to visiting writers. Cocurated two exhibitions. August 2005 to August 2007.

Cocurated a special exhibition for the James Joyce International Symposium at the Harry Ransom Center. Researched the Joyce and Joyceana archive at the Ransom Center, organized cases, wrote labels, and gave curatorial tours of the exhibition. January to June 2007.

Cocurated the Harry Ransom Center’s main gallery exhibition, “Norman Mailer Takes on America.” Researched the unprocessed Mailer archive, organized cases, wrote labels, and gave curatorial tours of the exhibition. September to December 2006.

2 responses to “Digital & Archival Work

  1. Vanessa Wilkie

    Hi Molly,

    It was such a pleasure to meet you last weekend at The Huntington. Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comments and for framing the conference with such integrity. I’ve tried to find your AAS email online but couldn’t seem to find a direct contact for you, thus I hope you don’t mind me reaching out this way. Would you still be willing to share the draft of your opening remarks with me, so that I might circulate among some of my colleagues at The Huntington? I won’t share them with anyone outside the library. You just hit upon so many topics we’ve been discussing that I’d love to be able to share your remarks with my colleagues who weren’t able to attend the sessions.

    Hope we can stay in touch and thanks again for such a great WMQ-EMSI program!

    All my best,
    Vanessa Wilkie

    Curator of Medieval Manuscripts & British History
    The Huntington

    • Dear Vanessa,
      Thank you so much for attending the conference and for your kind words here. I need to update my emails and institutional affiliations! But, yes, I will be very happy to send you my opening remarks. Let’s stay in touch!
      All best,

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