Challenges of Digitizing Historical Recipes

Challenges of Digitizing Historical Recipes
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm


In this Digital Friday webinar, Avery Blankenship will discuss the challenges in digitizing and creating a digital archive of nineteenth-century, annotated recipes. Starting from item acquisition and moving through the digitization process, writing metadata, and finally ingesting these items into a digital archive, annotated recipes present all kinds of complications. In addition to being riddled with food stains and other marks of wear and tears, the annotations, themselves, are often multi-layered and feature bits of newspaper, torn receipts, rusty sewing needles, and even death certificates. Through this talk, Blankenship will present the challenges of working with these marked-up materials as well as the wealth of information they can provide on nineteenth-century domestic life.

Avery Blankenship is a first year PhD student in the English Department at Northeastern University in Boston. Her research focuses on annotated, nineteenth-century recipes as multi-genre, multi-authored texts as well as texts produced and annotated using computational thought. Her recent work has been devoted to collaborating with institutional collections of nineteenth-century recipes as well as building up her own collection in order to move towards making them open-access on a digital platform. Avery is an avid cook, herself, and is also the proud mother to a nine-month-old hairless cat named Pluto who often acts as her sous chef.

This will be the twenty-sixth of a series of HASTAC Webinars that started in 2019. In this series, HASTAC Scholars facilitate 45-minute webinars on topics ranging from Interview Prep or Blog Posting to Networking, Personal Statements, and Pedagogy Strategies for Adjuncts.

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