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The Dorothy Howard Collection: Revealing the structures of folklore archives in museums


Jones, M and Darian-Smith, K and Tout-Smith, D and McCarthy, G, The Dorothy Howard Collection: Revealing the structures of folklore archives in museums, Archives and Manuscripts, 45, (2) pp. 100-117. ISSN 0157-6895 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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© 2017 Australian Society of Archivists

DOI: doi:10.1080/01576895.2017.1328695


In 2015–16 researchers from the University of Melbourne and Museums Victoria undertook a collaborative project which sought to visualise archival data from the museum as a means to investigate the structure and context of the Dorothy Howard Collection. This article introduces Dorothy Howard’s work, which is part of the internationally significant Australian Children’s Folklore Collection, and looks at the project’s processes and outcomes, including the initial visualisations produced. In doing so, the authors highlight the data-intensive nature of such work, suggest the potential of visualisations to reveal collection structures, and outline possibilities for future projects and collaborations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Archives, museums, folklore, collection management, documentation, networks
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123300
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-02
Last Modified:2018-03-22

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