Our SCALAR project for Digital History is taking form.
SCALAR in essence is a digital exhibiting tool, but there are many different ways to use it. A great example is the one that is curated by Chris Schreck, the archival manager at the Steelworks Archives. The work that he has begun is already invaluable to our project.
Here is a sample of our topic proposal for our SCALAR project:
Goals of the project:
- Showcase unseen parts of the CF&I archival collection and parts pertaining specifically to the mines of CF&I.
- Create interest in coal/iron mining culture.
- Produce an easily accessible database about the mines of CF&I that can be used by the Steelworks Center to expand upon in the future
- Assist the Steelworks Center of the West’s grant proposal
- Integrate historical/digital mapping to SCALAR
By the end of the semester we will have completed 100% (as feasibly possible) of the following for each mine page on the SCALAR:
- The name of each mine
- A reasonable location for each mine
- The Dates of which each mine was either or operated by CF&I or one of its parent companies
- The tonnage amount produced for each mine
- A historical map from the archives for each mine
- There might not be a map for each mine within the archives so the total number is dependent on the contents of the archives.
- At least one picture or sketch associated each mine from the archive.
- total number is again, contingent on the contents of the archive.
- An identification of what was mined at each mine
- coal, iron, stone, or fluorspar
- Creating a Google Map that matches up the mine’s location to the SCALAR page.
In addition to these for each mine, we will showcase other parts of the archives for a select number of mines:
- A description and history of at least ten mines.
- An oral history associated with at least three mines
- Oral histories will have to be captivating and compelling, so there could be more depending on the contents of the archives.
- Employee cards corresponding to at least fifteen mines
Components of labor needed to complete the tasks outlined above:
- The rest of the mine location names and locations to be found
- Primary research.
- transfer the dates and tonnage from Chris’ CF&I scalar to ours
- identify, possibly scan, upload, crop, and label each mine map
- identify, possibly scan, upload, crop, and label each mine picture or sketch.
- research and write the history of the assigned mines
- find, upload, and find a suitable format to showcase the oral histories
- find, possibly digitize employee cards for the mines
- create a map and tie each SCALAR page to the map.
- format the SCALAR book to best showcase the mines in a thoughtful and organized way either:
- Group by years mines opened
- By type of mine (coal, iron, etc)
As you can see, even though a lot of work has already been done (collecting 60 mine coordinates was not such a small task), but the scope of this project is beyond three people working on it for one semester. Trevor is tackling going through the archives digital pictures collection and then finding pictures of mines that are not online, which is where Chris as an archivist will be invaluable. I am setting up the SCALAR, working on finalizing a Google Maps with each SCALAR link attached, and good ole primary research for the last couple of mines. Todd worked on turning our bullet points into an actual paper, and has been helping with primary research. These next couple of weeks will be to gather as much information as possible to start filling in the framework of our SCALAR.