by Elizabeth Lewis, University of Mary Washington, February 2015.
This exhibit is built on a WordPress content management platform, using the theme “Suffusion”, a rather flexible theme that is easily customizable. On the site we exhibit images, searchable pdf texts, searchable databases, and links to related content on other websites. We pair these items with select Dublin Core metadata and student-authored informational articles, using a combination of pages and posts to organize and display our materials.
While some digital materials we have collected from existing digital sources, others we have created ourselves. In the case of texts, they were scanned from a photocopy into pdf documents, uploaded to Google Docs, using Google Docs viewer to generate an embed link.
The databases record the contents of two journals that are not available digitally, nor are their contents cataloged. These databases were created directly in WordPress, using custom post-types and taxonomies. A front-end form was created for data collection, where students were able to key in information about individual authors, article titles, and publication, as well as choose from drop-down menus regarding genre and tags (keywords). These entries were saved as individual posts in WordPress, which were then accessible through another front-end page that displays a query form based on the index of the associated custom posts. In many ways this was a trial and error process, and we learned as we went how to define better the parameters of the data collected, and how to maximize the functionality of potential queries.
The exhibit contains digital copies of the following:
- seven images produced between 1798 and 1941: a drawing from Goya’s San Lucar sketch album (1798) and two engravings from Goya’s Desastres de la Guerra (1814); an engraving depicting a scene from the Franco-Prussian War by an unknown artist and published in the journal La Ilustración Española y Americana (1870); the cover of two women’s magazines of opposing views during the Spanish Civil War—the progressive Mundo Femenino (1936) and the fascist Y:Revista para la Mujer (1938), as well as a photo collage printed in the fascist women’s magazine “Y” and one from the progressive magazine Crónica published during Spain’s Second Republic.
- six texts produced between 1786 and 1936: Jovellanos “Discurso sobre si se debían o no admitir las señoras en la Sociedad Económica de Madrid” (1786); María Rosario Cepeda Elogio de la reyna” (1798); María Rosa Gálvez “Oda a la beneficencia” (1801); Concepción Arenal La beneficencia, filantropía y la caridad (861) and “A la ambulancia Navarra de la Cruz Roja” (1871); and Rosaura Tameuse “El Comedor del Niño” (1936).
- two databases: One database displays information about the complete contents of the monthly journal La Voz de la Caridad (1870-1884) edited and published by social activist Concepción Arenal, with over 1300 entries in the database representing the titles and authors (when known), as well as associated key terms. The other database contains over 400 entries with information from selected issues of Medina, a weekly magazine for women published by the Franco supported Sección Femenina de la Falange (1941-1945)
- links to an RTVE documentary (2006) about the Sección Femenina and to the catalog of a recent (2012) museum exhibit Cien años en femenino.
We utilize the functionality of pages and posts in WordPress to organize the site in the following ways:
Exhibit items are displayed on pages and organized by time period through custom menus that display at the right sidebar. A slide show above on the top right sidebar also displays a running display of the exhibition ítems.
Posts contain team-created content in the form of articles that place exhibit items in their historical context. Posts are organized by associated categories organized by the top bar menu, with a general overview article appearing first, followed by articles associated with specific exhibit items.