Digital Paxton: Digital Collection, Critical Edition, and Teaching PlatformMain MenuIntroductionWill FentonUsing Digital PaxtonHistorical OverviewWill FentonDigital CollectionKeywordsEducationTranscriptionsPublic OutreachRedrawing HistoryRedrawing History: Indigenous Perspectives on Colonial America, a two-year project funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, connects Native American artists with the Library Company’s rich collections and far-reaching scholarly community. Partnering with artist Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), author Lee Francis (Laguna Pueblo), and the indigenous publisher Native Realities Press, the Library Company will publish a graphic novel that reinterprets the Paxton massacre from the perspective of the Conestoga. Dr. Will Fenton, will serve as creative director, connecting the creative team with an advisory board of scholars, local tribal leaders, and educational specialists, and making new archival records accessible via his digital humanities project, Digital Paxton. Published, printed, and distributed by Native American businesses, the graphic novel will include a curriculum to facilitate use in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. Original artwork will be exhibited at the Library Company together with the original collection items that inspired it. And a slate of public programs, including a colloquium and public readings, will engage local audiences; conference presentations will bring the project and its model to academic audiences.CreditsThe Historical Society of Pennsylvania and The Library Company of Philadelphia
Christopher Towne to Israel Pemberton, April 25, 1756 - 1
12016-10-31T04:40:04+00:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c72001Letter to Israel Pemberton2016-10-31T04:40:05+00:00Towne, ChristopherHC11-21035 (manuscript collection 1250, AA1.1)Philadelphia Yearly Meeting records (Vol. 1). Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections, Haverford College.Manuscript, 2 pages.21Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c
12016-10-31T04:42:25+00:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944cChristopher Towne to Israel Pemberton, April 25, 1756Will Fenton2Letter to Israel Pembertongallery2018-02-12T12:58:11+00:001756Towne, ChristopherCall Number: HC11-21035 (manuscript collection 1250, AA1.1)Available in the "Philadelphia Yearly Meeting records (Vol. 1)" in the Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections, Haverford College.Haverford College Quaker and Special CollectionsWill Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c
In this assignment you will get the chance to learn about eighteenth-century manuscript culture -- and its fantastic handwriting. Historians are very grateful that letters, journals, addresses, memoranda survive, but they can often be difficult to use. Putting a transcription in a digital archive makes these documents far more accessible. In the first part of this assignment, you will try your hand at transcribing a document from the Friendly Association Papers on Digital Paxton. In class you will select one page from one of the manuscripts in this collection that is online. After class you will complete your transcription. You will also write a three-paragraph (750-word) essay response on your experience and how this relates to the Carter article “Of Things Said and Unsaid.”
Step 1: Transcribe a manuscript/page from the the Digital Paxton website
Locate your manuscript on the Digital Paxton site, scroll through all the pages in it. See how much of it you can read.
Locate your page by clicking on the link of the manuscript page (under “Contents”).
Look at the “Details” tab to see the metadata of the document.
Click on the “Source” tab and the image will open the document in a new tab.
Click on the image to bring up a magnified page
Open a new Microsoft Word file or a new Google Doc file.
Write at the top the name of the document, the page number, and paste the url for the source page.
Aim for fidelity: retain original spellings, capitalizations, and punctuation. (You might need to turn off autocorrect!)
Start a new line in your document for each new line in the manuscript
Note it is okay to ignore 20th century pencil writings.
After you have done your transcription, put it aside and then read it over again later. Or have a friend read it over.
When complete, go to step 2.
Step 2: Write a three-paragraph summary of your experience
First: what was contained in the manuscript/page you transcribed?
Second: whose voice is represented in this manuscript/page? Thinking back to the “Of Things Said and Unsaid” essay, what silences are there here? What workings of power?
Third: what was the experience of working with this source? Was it easy to engage with? Difficult? Can you imagine writing a whole paper around these sources?
Sample Transcription: Christopher Towne to Israel Pemberton, April 25, 1756
germanton 4dm 25th 1756 Friend Pemberton
I am glad to hear that friends have proposed for an acomodation with the Indians. and, as many ignorant as well as ill minded people are enreached towards friends, ascribing to them all mischif done by the Indians without any Sound reason, I should be very glad and willing to assist in what manner I can and do belive that manny