Opening Up the Vault:
Participatory Cataloging and Curation
of Public Television Quilting
and Needlework Programs for
an O...
The Mellon Participatory Cataloging
and Curation Project
• Working with scholars with research
specialties pertinent to pr...
WGBH Open Vault Collections
• The life of Grete Bibring- Student of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud
• The March on Roxbury, Mo...
WGBH Open Vault Collections
• The life of Grete Bibring- Student of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud
• The March on Roxbury, Mo...
WGBH Open Vault Collections
• The life of Grete Bibring- Student of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud
• The March on Roxbury, Mo...
A Partnership Between Scholars and
WGBH Media Library & Archives
• The scholars:
• Watching episodes of early programs
pro...
Erica
• Erica, also known as the Erica Wilson
Show, was a television craft program
produced by WGBH Boston.
• The show was...
Episodes Digitized
1971
Episode 101: Ticking Sampler
Episode 104: Bargello
Episode 105: Graphics from A to Z
Episode 106: ...
Learning the Metadata Scheme
Scholar-submitted Metadata
• Flexibility is key
• Creating new fields
• Creating new LOC subject-headings
• But what about...
Examples of Metadata
Program Title:Erica
Episode Number: 106
Episode Title: Space Age Canvas
Program Summary:
Canvas was t...
Examples of Metadata, cont.
Topics:
Needlework – Instruction; Plastic Canvas; Bargello; Embroidery;
Replicas – Domestic Ar...
Next Steps for Erica
• Roundtable at American Quilt Study Group 2014
• Article in Uncoverings
• Research on Erica Wilson’s...
A BIG thank you to the Mellon
Foundation and Allison Pekel,
Project Manager, WGBH Media
Library and Archives!
Questions?
P...
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  1. 1. Opening Up the Vault: Participatory Cataloging and Curation of Public Television Quilting and Needlework Programs for an Open Access Digital Archive Amanda Grace Sikarskie Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of History, Western Michigan University Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Michigan State University and Mellon Fellow, WGBH Boston, 2013
  2. 2. The Mellon Participatory Cataloging and Curation Project • Working with scholars with research specialties pertinent to programs in the catalog to: • Increase public awareness of the vast collections that digital repositories hold • Publishing the entire WGBH archival catalog in an online, open access format • Open Vault, – http://openvault.wgbh.org
  3. 3. WGBH Open Vault Collections • The life of Grete Bibring- Student of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud • The March on Roxbury, Mothers for Adequate Welfare, and the school Stay Outs taking place in Boston in the 1960s • Postwar television and Joyce Chen Cooks • The birth of MOOCs and IA Richards • Needlepoint with Erica Wilson • Radio personality Eric Jackson and his interviews with Jazz Masters • The legacy of Roger Fisher and his creation of the Advocates • The Prospects of Mankind featuring Eleanor Roosevelt and the Anniversary of Kennedy's Report on the Status of Women • The Cold War and the French Chef • Poetry and Technology • Tech nostalgia and moving image & sound heritage • Decade of the Brain- Representations of the brian in public discourse • Violence in Television- How violent media shapes research on human aggression • The African Liberation Movement in the 1970s • ZOOM- Children's culture from 1965-1980
  4. 4. WGBH Open Vault Collections • The life of Grete Bibring- Student of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud • The March on Roxbury, Mothers for Adequate Welfare, and the school Stay Outs taking place in Boston in the 1960s • Postwar television and Joyce Chen Cooks • The birth of MOOCs and IA Richards • Needlepoint with Erica Wilson • Radio personality Eric Jackson and his interviews with Jazz Masters • The legacy of Roger Fisher and his creation of the Advocates • The Prospects of Mankind featuring Eleanor Roosevelt and the Anniversary of Kennedy's Report on the Status of Women • The Cold War and the French Chef • Poetry and Technology • Tech nostalgia and moving image & sound heritage • Decade of the Brain- Representations of the brian in public discourse • Violence in Television- How violent media shapes research on human aggression • The African Liberation Movement in the 1970s • ZOOM- Children's culture from 1965-1980
  5. 5. WGBH Open Vault Collections • The life of Grete Bibring- Student of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud • The March on Roxbury, Mothers for Adequate Welfare, and the school Stay Outs taking place in Boston in the 1960s • Postwar television and Joyce Chen Cooks • The birth of MOOCs and IA Richards • Needlepoint with Erica Wilson • Radio personality Eric Jackson and his interviews with Jazz Masters • The legacy of Roger Fisher and his creation of the Advocates • The Prospects of Mankind featuring Eleanor Roosevelt and the Anniversary of Kennedy's Report on the Status of Women • The Cold War and the French Chef • Poetry and Technology • Tech nostalgia and moving image & sound heritage • Decade of the Brain- Representations of the brian in public discourse • Violence in Television- How violent media shapes research on human aggression • The African Liberation Movement in the 1970s • ZOOM- Children's culture from 1965-1980
  6. 6. A Partnership Between Scholars and WGBH Media Library & Archives • The scholars: • Watching episodes of early programs produced by WGBH • Tagged each episode with metadata of our choosing, and • Authored an essay that will help scholars and viewers understand and use their collection
  7. 7. Erica • Erica, also known as the Erica Wilson Show, was a television craft program produced by WGBH Boston. • The show was hosted by Erica Wilson and ran from 1971-2 and 1975-6. • It was aired on PBS in the United States, on the BBC in Britain, and also on Australian television.
  8. 8. Episodes Digitized 1971 Episode 101: Ticking Sampler Episode 104: Bargello Episode 105: Graphics from A to Z Episode 106: Space Age Canvas Episode 107: Turkey Work Episode 108: Just Ties Episode 109: Christmas Tree Episode 110: Satin Stitch Episode 111: Thinking Big Episode 112: Designing Needlepoint Episode 113: Chains Episode 114: Thinking Bigger Episode 115: Designs from China Episode 116: Crewel Point Episode 117: Shisha Work Episode 118: Roumanian Stitch 1972 Episode 120: Sentiments in Stitches Episode 121: Oriental Gold Episode 122: Geometric Needlepoint Episode 123: Cross Stitch Episode 124: Needle Painting Episode 125: Bell Pulls, Borders, and Bandings Episode 126: Stitches in Needlepoint 1975 Episode 201: Patchwork 1976 Episode 203: 3D Collage Episode 209: New Points in Needlepoint Episode 211: Native American Treasures Episode 212: Fun, Fashion, and Costumes Episode 213: Creatures Great and Small Episode 215: Appliqué
  9. 9. Learning the Metadata Scheme
  10. 10. Scholar-submitted Metadata • Flexibility is key • Creating new fields • Creating new LOC subject-headings • But what about interoperability? • Submission of metadata as a MS Word doc
  11. 11. Examples of Metadata Program Title:Erica Episode Number: 106 Episode Title: Space Age Canvas Program Summary: Canvas was traditionally made out of hemp, linen, or cotton, and Erica informs the viewer, had changed little since Mary, Queen of Scots had done embroidery on canvas. In this episode, however, Erica discusses a new, major innovation in embroidery—plastic canvas. Erica favors the plastic canvas for three-dimensional work because it is flexible, yet stiff, will not fray, and is easy to cut. Erica shows a telephone book cover and a handbag that she made, both in bargello on plastic canvas, and demonstrates how to join to pieces of plastic canvas for a three-dimensional effect using a special joining stitch. For the major project of the episode, Erica shows how to make a three-dimensional needlework replica of one’s own home out of plastic canvas to use as an embroidery box.
  12. 12. Examples of Metadata, cont. Topics: Needlework – Instruction; Plastic Canvas; Bargello; Embroidery; Replicas – Domestic Architecture Duration: 00:14:28 Color or B&W: Color Date Created: 1971 Copyright Notice: Erica Wilson and Copyright WGBH Educational Foundation People: Host – Erica Wilson; Producer – Margaret MacLeod; Director – James Field; Set Designer – Frances Mahard Selected Textiles Courtesy Of: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  13. 13. Next Steps for Erica • Roundtable at American Quilt Study Group 2014 • Article in Uncoverings • Research on Erica Wilson’s interest in South Asian textiles • Potential for an Erica Wilson book project
  14. 14. A BIG thank you to the Mellon Foundation and Allison Pekel, Project Manager, WGBH Media Library and Archives! Questions? Please contact me at amanda.sikarskie@wmich.edu Peacock embroidery background slide is from the collection of the presenter.
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