Earhart Digitization

There are three different types of documents that will be used in the project: letters, newspaper articles, and photographs. All documents that need to be digitized will be scanned in house, unless it is deemed cheaper and easier for off-site items to be scanned at their home institution. Any high quality flatbed scanner will be appropriate to scan the documents, as there is no oversized or particularly fragile documents that are being considered for the project.

Items will be scanned at 600 dpi and saved as a JPEG file for purposes of the website. However, as the site is directed towards children and the ability to print the images in high-quality format is desired, a link will be provided to a PDF file as a printable version.

All items will be scanned in color, as one of the purposes of the site is to allow students to view primary documents as close to their original appearance as possible. The “yellowed” appearance of the documents will give the students a sense of their age. Also, by not touching up the documents, students will see the difficulty historians face to interpret documents (namely handwritten letters).

The handwritten letters, while being presented in the original form, will have separate links leading to transcriptions. There will be three options regarding the transcriptions of the letters: to view the original letter only, to view the transcription only, and to view the original letter and the transcription side by side so that students may test their interpretive skills. Newspaper articles will not be transcribed, as the only purpose for transcription in this case is to make deciphering the documents possible, and the newspaper articles are easy to read. As some transcriptions are available for Earhart’s letters, the project’s collection will be transcribed in house by rekeying, in an XML format.

Here is an example of a handwritten letter by Amelia Earhart, to her mother Amy Otis Earhart. An example of a (rough) transcription is linked at the bottom.

Here is an example of a newspaper clipping concerning Amelia Earhart.
New York Herald Tribune, August 31, 1934.

Here is example of a photograph. It is of President Herbert Hoover presenting the gold medal of the National Geographic Society to Amelia Earhart, in recognition of her non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic.
Washington, D.C. Photograph, Underwood & Underwood, June 21, 1932.

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