Luke Leither is the Art & Architecture Librarian at the J Willard Marriott Library. His research interests include the life and work of Feliks Topolski, the material research and selection methods of architects, and ephemeral art and architecture. A selected list of Luke’s publications and conference papers can be found here: https://bit.ly/3FatEvR.
Project Description:Revealing Topolski’s Chronicle will make a unique set of the library’ collection more accessible to users. Topolski’s Chronicle is a series of broadsheets created by the artist Feliks Topolski and was distributed bimonthly to subscribers from 1953 through 1982. The Marriott Library subscribed to the Chronicle and has preserved it in the Fine Arts & Architecture Collection to this day. Visual resources like the Chronicle are often overlooked as sources by academics engaged in humanities and social science research. Perhaps the most obvious and difficult-to-address reason for this is the challenge of searching library catalogs, databases, and other indexes for visual content related to a specific topic. We will address some of these problems by digitizing and analyzing the Chronicle. Name and object recognition will be applied to scanned text and, using current data visualization techniques, we will use the extracted data to make this resource more accessible. With these steps we hope to bring Topolski’s work off the shelves and into user’s research and imagination.
Margaret B. Wan is Professor of Chinese Literature and Cultural History. She is the author of Regional Literature and the Transmission of Culture: Chinese Drum Ballads, 1800-1937 (Harvard, 2020) and “Green Peony” and the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel (SUNY, 2009). She is also co-editor of Yangzhou – A Place in Literature: The Local in Chinese Cultural History (Hawaii, 2015) and The Interplay of the Oral and the Written in Chinese Popular Literature (NIAS, 2010). Her current book project, “Mapping the Traditional Chinese Novel,” uses digital humanities methods to offer a “bird’s eye view” across centuries of the traditional Chinese novel, its use of space, and its transmission. She has been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Project Description: Ninety percent of the prose fiction from sixteenth to nineteenth century China remains almost unknown. The goal of my project, “Mapping the Traditional Chinese Novel,” is to find ways to bring back that ninety percent. I am working to build the foundational corpus and metadata that I need for this project.