The Digital Library Galleries offer a variety of ways to interact with the material in the APS collections. These galleries represent a commitment to work with interns to develop digital library skills and an interest in library outreach.
Eastern Apps: Visualizing Historic Prison Data
The APS Library holds admission books of the Eastern State Penitentiary, from roughly 1830-1850. The admission books contain the names, offences, sentences, places of origin, and race/ethnicity of inmates, as well as comments about the moral standing of the prisoners.
This gallery presents a collection of interactive apps that explore trends in the data from the books.
Steve Marti, 2017 APS Library Digital Humanities Fellow, created the Eastern Apps. Scott Ziegler, Head of Technology and Digital Scholarship, initiated and managed the project in conjunction with Bayard Miller, Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian. Special thanks to Robert M. Hauser for assistance with the visualizations.
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A Journey of Inquiry: Exploring the Scientific Process
Baruch S. Blumberg led a varied life full of unexpected adventure and discovery.
This gallery highlights the influence of the philosophy of science that coursed through his scientific career.
Written, designed and built by Andrew Lippert with assistance from Bayard Miller, using HTML5Up.
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Frontiers of Knowledge: Britton Chance and New Channels of Discovery
From his earliest days as an inventor to his days as a pioneer of biophysics, Britton Chance was dedicated to scientific research and medicine, with patents in fields ranging from seafaring devices to magnetic imaging.
This gallery highlights different periods of Britton Chance's life and career through photographs, letters, and other documents.
Written, designed and built by Bayard Miller and Scott Ziegler, using HTML5Up and TimelineJS. The Britton Chance papers were processed with the generous support of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
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Too Near to Where History is Being Made: Henry Howard Houston II In a Time of War
This gallery follows the life of Henry Howard Houston II, a young Philadelphian who fought and died in World War I.
The day he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Henry joined the Pennsylvania National Guard to serve at the U.S.-Mexican border during the U.S. punitive expedition against Pancho Villa in 1916.
After leaving the border, he joined the Ambulance Corps in France. When the U.S. officially joined the war, Henry returned to America and trained with the U.S. Army. He returned to France as an aerial observation officer. He died in France in 1918.
The gallery is divided into four sections. The first uses a map to join together letters and pictures from Henry's journey around the country and to France. The second highlights photographs from the collection. Many of these show the devastation of war. The final sections surface themes and topics that are found in Henry's letters. These sections provide an entry into the world in which Henry lived and the issues that we important to him.
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Joining the Fray: Mapping a World of Paine
This graph contextualizes a selection of digitized cartoons, portraits and broadsides from the Colonel Richard Gimbel Collection of Thomas Paine Papers.
The reception, reputation and reactions to Paine are charted in Joining the Fray: Mapping a World of Paine. Particular attention is paid to the printers and publishers who often risked their safety to make these works available, as well as the members of extra-parliamentary associations demanding reform in the age of Paine.
Intern: Alina Josan, Spring 2015
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Colonization in the Foulke Papers
While Pennsylvania slaveholders gradually relinquished their title and freed their slaves, the fate of the millions of slaves still held in bondage across the United States became a topic of heavy political debate.
Enhancing the work of the African American Subject Guide, this gallery includes example letters from the correspondence, short biographical sketches of the individuals involved and a bibliography of relevant sources. Scholars interested in the colonization movements of the Nineteenth Century are encouraged to use this gallery as a starting point into these matters.
Users interested in the galleries may also be interested in exploring the online exhibitions of the APS Library, available here.