by Elizabeth Franklin Lewis, University of Mary Washington, February, 2015
This site is conceived as a digital exhibition, where you can observe a number of digital artifacts that tell the story of women’s social and political activity through charity. All of these items are organized in the menu on the right by century, and include both images, texts, two databases, and a link to a documentary in Spanish. All of the texts are in Spanish and are digital facsimiles of the original.
Linked to each exhibition item are student-authored general interest essays in English to place these items in their historical and cultural context. These essays are also grouped by time period in the drop down menus below our site’s header. Each grouping is introduced by an essay. If you don’t know much about Spain, the women’s movement in Spain, or women’s charity in Spain, these introductory essays would be a good way to approach the exhibit.
The moving slideshow of our exhibit at the top of the right sidebar, link to the items also organized below by century.
Just as with a physical museum exhibit, the viewer has a number of selections of how he or she would like to navigate our digital space, by clicking on one of the images of the slideshow, by going directly to each item in the right side bar, or by starting with our historical introduction provided in the drop down menus. Regardless where you start your visit, we have tried to provide hyperlinks that can help you move about in multiple ways, according to your interests.
Our exhibition items are also meant for use by students and researchers by providing access to full-text digital copies of all of our print items. Also included in this exhibition are two databases that catalog the contents of two periodicals–La Voz de la Caridad and Medina–associated with women’s charity. The information collected on the first journal, Voz de la Caridad, is a complete representation of all 14 years of its publication. The information collected from Medina is incomplete, and therefore is only a representative sample of its contents. Both databases are searchable by title, author, publication date, genre, and tags (or key words). This information could be used to locate the publication information about a particular author or title, or it could be used to analyze the contents themselves–the sorts of topics, genres, and contributors that were published. The printed material itself is not digitized here, which unfortunately is only available in print form in a few libraries, mostly in Spain.