Magazine article Humanities

Tools for the Trade

Magazine article Humanities

Tools for the Trade

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More and more primary source materials for humanities scholarship are going online. In November, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, the Darwin Manuscripts Project uploaded ten thousand images of texts and notes at darwin.amnh.org. Draft leaves of Origin, scribbled notes and drawings, and scientific writings from his time on the Beagle are available in high-quality reproductions, attended by transcriptions and editorial notes. "These rare manuscript leaves from Origin are the crown jewels" because they "show Darwin in the process of writing," says David Kohn at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. ???t? is director and general editor of the project, which is supported by a JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration grant.

At the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, fifty-three thousand images from rare, elaborately decorated Korans and other Islamic texts from its collection are being photographed and digitized for online research. …

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