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2015 August

Lisa Bright


August 22, 2015

Mortuary Mapping Summer Update

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Hi! After 5 weeks of surprisingly highly productive research in California, I’ve returned to MSU.  I took nearly 2,000 pictures, 500+ screen shots, searched 50 years of newspapers, 15 roles of microfilm, and visited 6 archives.  I truly didn’t expect to come back with that much data.  Some of the archival documentation is sensitive in nature (Coroner’s Inquest Reports, Death Certificates, etc.), and some of the archives have tighter permissions on sharing images of objects they own.  Therefore, with the permission of the California Room at the San Jose Public Library I’ve added a series of images of Infirmary Fund receipts from the Clyde Arbuckle Research Collection.  These images record receipts of warrants/claims paid out by the Santa Clara County Infirmary Fund during the 1880’s.  They present a unique window into relief efforts to aid the poor/indigent members of the community, as well as the daily operating costs of the hospital.  Of particular interest (and a very exciting find for me), are receipts 603, 633 and 634 from 1886 which all relate to digging graves, opening graves, and burying indigents.  As I sort through the pictures and data collected this summer, I hope to add more information to the newly created Archival Research section of Mortuary Mapping.  Please feel free to take a look, and let me know if you have any questions (or better suggestions on transcribing the handwriting!).



August 17, 2015

FieldworkNarratives – Summer Updates

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During the Fall (2014) and Spring (2015) semesters as a CHI Fellow, I worked on developing my on-going project FieldworkNarratives –  a pictorial journal of my fieldwork experiences with the Chenchu community of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, India. Using Story Maps, an online tool that facilitates storytelling, I designed a simple narrative of several aspects of my fieldwork experiences keeping in mind young groups of people (13-20 years of age) as my target audience.

During the summer I reworked some bits of the project look to make it a little more academic. I have included a brief write-up on issues with essentializing indigenous communities, with a focus on the Indian context. I also added a more academic-looking “About Me” section. With making little changes through the project, I have tried to give this project a journal-publication look, albeit with more images than text.

This is the link to check out the final project:




August 11, 2015

Wheelwomen at Work 2.0 is live!

August 11, 2015 | By | No Comments

It has been a busy summer plugging away on Wheelwomen at Work, my digital humanities project mapping women’s involvement in the nineteenth-century bicycle industry. This summer I completed twogandflamps major tasks. First, I nearly doubled the amount of pins on the map. Much of my new material highlights women’s work in factories, and I also added some new women inventors as well. Tracking down more women mechanics and saleswomen has not been easy. Records on women’s wage work from this period come with tons of challenges and limitations. But, I did find some, such as the 60 women who worked at Amos Shirley’s large bike shop in New York City.  I was also hoping to find more geographically diverse data. But I am happy that I added new types of factory work, like small clothing operations such as  he Vinestine and Goldberg Sweatshop and the Fayetteville Glove Company, and leading bicycling corporations of the time, like Hartford Rubber Works and Gormully & Jeffery Manufacturing Company. For my second task, I added to the site with an essay titled “Women in the Nineteenth-Century Bicycle Industry” found under the brand new “learn more” tab. With this essay, I provide a big picture view on women’s work in the bicycle industry and discuss how each category of wheelwomen’s work was key to the industry as a whole. I’m hoping this helps the user add context to the individual pins and see the big picture of the project.

While I have completed the big tasks for my project, Wheelwomen at Work will be far from static. I plan to keep adding pins to the map and images to the gallery as I work on my dissertation. I hope it leads me to find even more ways to unearth and document women’s contribution to the bicycle industry and bicycling culture more broadly.

Image source: Advertisement. “Bicycle Lamps.” The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review, Vol. X, no. 21, January 13, 1893, 57. Google Books.