Let us introduce you to the George Perkins Marsh Online Research Center
Three years ago, Connell Gallagher suggested that Special
Collections electronically publish letters and other writings to, by, and
about George Perkins Marsh so people could use the collection online.
The Woodstock Foundation, of Woodstock, Vt., agreed to fund the project.
Now it is our great pleasure to invite you to the public introduction of
The George Perkins Marsh Online Research Center (GPMORC) on Monday,
November 20, 2000, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Over the three years needed to complete this project, we chose
over 650 documents from five historical repositories, scanned their
images, transcribed them, electronically published the transcriptions,
linked the images to the transcriptions, and then linked each letter to
the inventory of the entire Marsh collection.
When that phase was nearly completed, we researched the historical
context in which the documents were written and created explanatory essays
for the Research Center's Web site. We then annotated vague or obscure
references within the documents. Finally, we publish the documents on the
World Wide Web using software that provides full-text searching of the
The GPMORC represents, in very many ways, an electronically
published documentary edition of historical documents.
Come and learn about George Perkins Marsh, look behind the scenes
at the technology for electronically publishing his materials, learn how
the documents may be accessed and used, meet the heroes who did the work,
and learn about the miracles that made the project a success.
Guest speakers will include David A. Donath of the Woodstock
Foundation and David R. Chesnutt, Director of the Model Editions
Partnership at the University of South Carolina. < http://adh.sc.edu >
A reception will follow in Special Collections. We'd be delighted
to have you join us.
Elizabeth H. Dow, Ph.D. [log in to unmask]
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405