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Introduction to a Digital Collection The letters and pictures of Evelyn Birkby "Radio Homemaker"

http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/birkby/


A few words about the collection... Evelyn Birkby is described as wife, mother, homemaker, newspaper columnist, author, and radio personality. She has written numerous books on the subjects of rural history. In the interest of history, Mrs. Birkby also donated this collection including scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, promotional photographs, and audio recordings to the University of Iowa Libraries. This gathering of material has been digitized and made available online. Today we will be spending a few minutes looking at what is available in the collection.

-- http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/findingaids/html/BirkbyEvelyn.htm


A few words about the collection... This is a digital version of the collection Digital images of the items in this collection been created and stored in electronic form Why? This digital image may be stored on a computer or other digital storage making organization and transport easier.


A few words about the collection... This is an accessible collection Once these digital images are made available we can see parts of the story ourselves, accessible from anywhere in the world. Why? Those who may never have the opportunity to personally visit from the comfort of their own homes or libraries.


The Beginning of our Exploration

http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/birkby/


The Beginning of our Exploration

The Home Page offers an introduction to the collection as well as basic Table of Contents

This includes a short biography of Mrs. Birkby and the background of the items in the Evelyn Birkby Collection


The Beginning of our Exploration

On the right hand side there are some categories to get started, or a selection to browse the entire collection together


The Beginning of our Exploration

There is also a selection of popular highlights of the collection that will take you directly to the individual item


Using what we've seen This front page contains some basic information and directory. Here are a few questions to practice using this page and think about what we've seen.

In what section of this front page would you find the name of the newspaper that published Mrs. Birkby's column?

Name that newspaper.

How would the selection of subjects listed here still be of interest to present day readers and listeners.


Using what we've seen This front page contains some basic information and directory. Here are a few questions to practice using this page and think about what we've seen.

In what section of this front page would you find the name of the newspaper that published Mrs. Birkby's column? The middle informational background panel.

Name that newspaper. Shenendoah's Evening Sentinel

How might the selection of subjects listed here still be of interest to present day readers and listeners? Many modern homemaker's may be curious about daily living in earlier days, as well as find advice and encouragement in other successes.


Photographs of the Birkby Collection

http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/birkby/


Photographs of the Birkby Collection

One of the most interesting and unique parts of this collection of material is the collection of photographs.


Photographs of the Birkby Collection

First there is a directory of all the photographs with descriptions


Photographs of the Birkby Collection

We might begin with ...

KMA radio broadcast with Evelyn Birkby and guest Vicar Henry Robbins, local pastor, discussing child care, Shenandoah, Iowa, 1950


Photographs of the Birkby Collection

Followed by 40 years later...

Evelyn Birkby on her 40th anniversary broadcast at KMA, Shenandoah, Iowa, May 15, 1990


Finding more stories

By Subjects When you have the opportunity to explore more on your own, on the left side of the main photographs directory, there are other selections for specific parts of the directory By Date


Using what we've seen Now we are more familiar with the gallery of photographs. Here are a few questions to practice using these pages and think about what we've seen.

How do some of the other radio personalities collected in this gallery differ from Evelyn Birkby, particularly in manner and presentation?

What additional images are included with some of the photographs and how are these additional images useful?


Using what we've seen Now we are more familiar with the gallery of photographs. Here are a few questions to practice using these pages and think about what we've seen.

How do some of the other radio personalities collected in this gallery differ from Evelyn Birkby, particularly in manner and presentation? Topics might include posed vs. "candid" manner and wardrobe, kitchen vs. office or business settings, and attention to photographer vs. activity

What additional images are included with some of the photographs and how are these additional images useful? The images of the backs of the photographs offer information about how the date, or general date was determined as well as some publication date of those used in newspaper articles.


Evelyn Birkby Scrapbooks

Another interesting selection is the various scrapbooks preserved in this collection.


Evelyn Birkby Scrapbooks

Each scrapbook cover and description refers to a file of images of each scrapbook.


Evelyn Birkby Scrapbooks

These include images of front and back covers, any additional title or blank pages, and the pages of content recorded in the book.

Images of covers

Images of page sections


Evelyn Birkby Scrapbooks

The pages are listed according to how they were organized in the book. Some are organized by page number

Others by date of material


Using what we've seen Now we are more familiar with the gallery of scrapbooks. Here are a few questions to practice using these pages and think about what we've seen.

The person scanning the scrapbooks could assign page numbers as first scanned, second scanned, etc. How would that be less effective?

The newspaper articles preserved in these scrapbooks may be available in a newspaper archive elsewhere. Describe how this collection may be important in addition to the column content.


Using what we've seen Now we are more familiar with the gallery of scrapbooks. Here are a few questions to practice using these pages and think about what we've seen.

The person scanning the scrapbooks could assign page numbers as first scanned, second scanned, etc. How would that be less effective? The scrapbook is not only arranged chronologically, but likely would be referenced by people looking for particular date, not arbitrary page number.

The newspaper articles preserved in these scrapbooks may be available in a newspaper archive elsewhere. Describe how this collection may be important in addition to the column content. The annotations and descriptions, as well as the choice of selections to include itself, illuminate more "behind-the-scenes" thought process.


A Few More Words ... Thank you for joining us today. I hope that you have enjoyed your time and learned something more about navigating a fascinating and ever expanding resource. Digital archives not only preserve history, but make it available to audiences around the world and right here at home. These programs allow us to explore, on our own time and at our own pace, the history of other countries and our own home town. There are many paths to discover, I hope you enjoy your adventure.

If there are further questions about this program or tutorial, or if I can do anything else to aid you in your exploration, please do not hesitate to contact me. Jesse L Jones jljones1975@msn.com http://issuu.com/jesseljones


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