Mapping UT History: An Exhibit Exploring the Development of Buildings, Statues, and Landmarks
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I am creating a digitized, geo-temporal exhibit that explores the development of the UT campus on the Omeka and Neatline platforms. Drawing from research conducted at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, I have written brief histories of prominent UT buildings, statues, and landmarks, and incorporated and improved metadata for a selection of digitized items, such as photographs, press releases, and personal letters, that relate to UT’s history. I am now in the process of layering geo-tagged maps of the UT campus from 1923, 1941, and 1961, which will add a time-dimension to the exhibit. This will further allow viewers to follow the development of particular buildings and statues and themes of construction. Along with learning sciences specialists, archivists, and cartographers from UT, I am working with Dr. Penne Restad to develop this collaborative project, which aims to engage students in archival research and be a prototype for a foundational Liberal Arts research course.