Fraas, Arthur

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    Signers Day
    (2012-07-04) Fraas, Arthur Mitchell
    Contextual essay on signatures in the Hale Signers Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
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    Alexander Hamilton’s working papers
    (2016-05-13) Fraas, Mitch
    Essay on a compilation of printed documents possibly owned by Alexander Hamilton.
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    July 5, 1776
    (2016-07-05) Fraas, Mitch
    Essay on a printed and manuscript copy of a Portuguese declaration on the American Revolution.
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    (2017-06-06) Fraas, Mitch; Noel, William
    Manuscript Studies is a new journal that embraces the full complexity of global manuscript studies in the digital age. It has been conceived with four main goals in mind. First, to bridge the gaps between material and digital manuscript research; second, to break down the walls which often separate print and digital publication and serve as barriers between academics, professionals in the cultural heritage field, and citizen scholars; third, to serve as a forum for scholarship encompassing many pre-modern manuscripts cultures—not just those of Europe; and finally to showcase methods and techniques of analysis in manuscript studies that can be applied across different subject areas.
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    David Rittenhouse's Teenage Almanac?
    (2015-06-02) Fraas, Mitch
    Essay about the acquisition of a manuscript autograph page possibly written by a young David Rittenhouse.
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    What’s missing in magazines
    (2015-09-24) Fraas, Mitch
    Short essay on the differences between bound sets of 19th century periodicals in library settings and the physical originals.
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    A New Model for Manuscript Provenance Research: The Mapping Manuscript Migrations Project
    (2022-06-10) Burrows, Toby; Emery, Doug; Fraas, Arthur Mitchell; Hyvönen, Eero; Ikkala, Esko; Koho, Mikko; Lewis, David; Morrison, Andrew; Page, Kevin; Ransom, Lynn; Cawlfield Thomson, Emma; Tuominen, Jouni; Velios, Athanasios; Wijsman, Hanno
    Since it was awarded a Round 4 Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge grant in 2017, the Mapping Manuscript Migrations project has been working to develop and test a methodology to link disparate datasets from Europe and North America with the aim of providing large-scale analysis and visualizations of the history and provenance of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Guided by a set of research questions identified at the outset of the project, MMM developed an innovative Linked Open Data model and dataset which unifies three separate manuscript-related databases in a semantically consistent way, together with the workflows for transforming the institutional data contributions into the common structure. The dataset has been made available through a Linked Open Data service hosted by the Linked Data Finland platform and the MMM semantic portal. The aggregated data can be queried and visualized at scales ranging from a single manuscript to a total of more than 216,000 manuscripts as a group. Visualization tools developed in the portal show how the manuscripts have traveled across time and space from their place of production to their current locations, where they continue to find new audiences. The following report summarizes our methodology and results, and lays the groundwork for further research using our processes.
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    The Records of the Asylum for Orphan Girls
    (2012-05-01) Fraas, Arthur Mitchell
    Extended essay on UPenn Ms. Codex 1623 in four parts. The essay discusses a 2012 manuscript acquisition of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries which details the early history of the Orphan's Asylum at Lambeth. See attached spreadsheet for a list of Girls who entered the Asylum 1758-1760.
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    Surprise Sketches
    (2012-06-28) Fraas, Arthur Mitchell
    Contextual essay about a copy of Francis Grund, Die Aristokratie in Amerika, aus dem Tagebuch eines deutschen Edlemanns (Stuttgart: Cotta, 1839) held by the Penn Libraries which features hand-drawings in the place of engravings of several key figures.
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    An Occult and Alchemical Library
    (2015-01-28) Fraas, Mitch
    Essay on the acquisition of the Charles Rainsford collection of occult and alchemical manuscripts.