Website Index

The “Main” page of the website for the Henry Barnard Papers Digital Project will have a brief description of the project’s goals as well as the scope and content of the documents presented on the website. From this first introductory page a visitor will be able to move on to reviewing the digital versions of the documents through the “Manuscripts” link, to learn more about the project and the physical collection from the “About the Project” and the “About the Collection” pages, to see information regarding the use of the website by clicking on “How to Use This Site,” or find contact information for submitting questions regarding the project via the “Contact Us” link.

The Manuscripts

From this link on the project’s “Main” page a visitor will be able to select three options: “Browse,” “Search,” and “Calendar.” Through the “Browse” feature a user will be able to review the digital versions of the Henry Barnard Papers much as they would the physical collection. The main “Browse” page will have links to each of the collections seven series, accompanied by a short description of the content and arrangement of each one. Clicking on a series will lead the user to another page with a listing of each folder within the series. The user will then select a folder to see links to the individual documents, which will appear as images below the object’s metadata, as well as a link to a transcribed version and an invitation to leave comments. Items in the folder that have not been digitized will be listed, but the link will take the user to the item’s entry in the calendar instead. If the series was divided into subseries, as is the case with the correspondence, the division will be reflected by subheadings and anchor tags, with links to them at the top of the page, will be used to allow users to move directly to the section that interests them. In addition, the correspondence series page will also include a link to a copy of the alphabetical index for the correspondence file, in portable document format, that will be available for download.

Another option that will be available on the “Manuscripts” page is the website’s “Search” feature. The website’s search engine will allow researchers to find records through searches by subject keywords, by correspondent, and by a reference number from the index of correspondence if they are looking for a particular letter. The search feature will also allow user to set limits on the query, for example returning documents from a particular range of dates or a particular type of document such as correspondence, speeches, drafts, diaries, or images. Also, a visitor to the site will be able to search the online collection for particular topics with which Henry Barnard was connected such as school reform legislation, the architecture of school buildings, the training of teachers, the intellectual associations he joined, the government bodies for which he worked, and the periodicals that he published. The final link on the “Manuscripts” page will allow a visitor to review a calendar of the manuscripts in the collection which were not selected for digitization along with a link to the project’s “Selection Policy” page.

About the Project

The second option available on the project’s main page will be titled “About the Project.” In this section of the site visitors will be able to learn how the online version of the Henry Barnard Papers was created. The text presented on “About the Project” will be divided by subheadings encoded with anchor tags. The first section will describe the project’s selection policy, followed by an outline of the digital capture procedure and the project’s policies for transcribing documents. The “About the Project” page will also include a link to a “Staff” page devoted to the people who worked on the project. Professors and other specialists on the history of nineteenth century American public education reform who lend their expertise to the project will special mention on this page.

About the Collection

Another option for further reading on the project, particularly the documents that were part of it, will also be available from the front page of the project’s website. The “About the Collection” page will focus on the physical collection and its creator, as well as the repository that houses it. Included on the page will be concise information regarding the Fales Library and the provenance of its collection of Henry Barnard’s manuscripts. A brief biography of Henry Barnard and a short history of the Common School Reform movement of nineteenth century America will also be available. The final section of the page will host links to the online descriptions and finding aids available for other manuscript collections, such as the Watkinson Library, that have other portions of Henry Barnard’s papers. The information will be separated by subheadings tied to anchor tags connected to a table of contents at the top of the page.

How to Use This Site

The fourth link on the “Main” page will bring users to information and suggestions for making full use of the project’s website. The first entry will offer suggestions for using the website’s “Search” and “Browse” features to find documents. Then the restrictions placed on the use the project’s content will be displayed followed by instructions for obtaining publication quality copies of the digital images. The next section will describe and demonstrate the preferred method for citing materials from the physical and digital collections. The final item on the page will be a copy of the site’s index, an outline of which can be reviewed below.

Main Page
I. The Manuscripts
a. Browse
b. Search
c. Calendar
II. About the Project
a. Selection Policy
b. Outline of the Digitization Process
c. Transcription Policy
d. Staff
III. About the Henry Barnard Papers
a. A Brief Biography of Henry Barnard
b. The Provenance of the Collection
c. About the Fales Library and Special Collections
d. Related Collections
IV. How to Use This Site
a. Restrictions
b. How to Cite Documents
c. Site Index
V. Contact Us

Contact Us

The final link on the main page will offer visitors the address, telephone, and e-mail address of the Fales Library should they have questions regarding the collection. Included as well will be Fales’ hours of operation and the library’s policies governing access to the original manuscript collection. On this page users will also be invited to comment on the website and the project as a whole so that access to the digital version of the Henry Barnard Papers can be improved.

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