By Michael Roth
Now that I’ve had some time to reflect, I can see how my work with the Archives’ has helped. When I’m looking for something for class, or even on my own, I don’t limit myself to one type of document. Knowing that there may be a photo or artwork associated with a particular thing has allowed my research to be more dynamic. This stems from delving into the online database and seeing the wide range of items that comes from a simple one or two word search.
The thing I enjoyed the most was this search, and seeing the depth the Archives has in their collection. It was an exploration into things that I had little exposure to in the past. By contrast, some of the searches became tedious as I ran into roadblocks with my keywords. Having a large collection can be daunting if there is no specific thing I’m looking for. This will help me in the future, as I have more of an idea of how to navigate large collections.
Creating the content calendar reinforced the idea that there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes with any Digital Humanities work. My previous experience taught me that there is a great deal of work that needs to be done before anyone in the outside world sees anything. This proved to me that this applies in most aspects of DH work.