Chloe Dash: The digitisation of Main Incidents in the married Life of Hermann Georg Fiedler and Ethel Mary FiedlerPresentation Transcript
The digitisation of Main Incidents in the married Life of Hermann Georg Fiedler and Ethel Mary Fiedler By Chloe Dash, Taylor Institution Library
The aim of the project was to digitize Fiedler’s wife’s diary and make the images available online.
I felt that it was important to make the images accessible to researchers and anyone interested in Fiedler.
Who is Fiedler?
Hermann Georg Fiedler (1862-1945) born in Zittau, Germany, was a German scholar renowned for his efforts to promote a strong intercultural relationship between Germany and Britain.
He played a major part in the founding of Birmingham University and the formation of the school of modern languages at Birmingham in 1903.
He also played a leading role in the establishment of the honour school of modern languages at Oxford.
Dedicated to the improvement of the Taylor Institution Library and supervised the building of the Taylor extension, which includes what is now the Modern Languages Library.
Fiedler married his former pupil Ethel Mary (1870/71-1933) in 1899. He and his wife had two daughters, Herma (b. 1902) and Beryl (b.1913). The death of Beryl on 2nd May 1920 caused a period of severe depression for Ethel, which continued until her death in 1933.
After Fiedler’s death, his surviving daughter, Herma, gave her father's fine collection to the library together with funds for further purchases in German.
..and why am I digitizing his wife’s diary?
Not only does the diary document Fiedler’s academic life in Oxford and Birmingham, it also provides an insight into a number of interesting subjects, such as Fiedler’s musical background, Anglo-German relations and the changing role of women in academia.
I photographed the entire contents of the diary using my own camera (a Canon 550D) and the photography stand in the Sackler Library.
I then cropped and rotated the images using Microsoft Picture Manager and ensured that they were in the correct order.
After that, I made a Flickr page for the Taylor Institution and uploaded the content.
A high-profile cross-searching service.
The basic keyword search provides a simple approach to searching.
Archives Hub receives in excess of 50,000 searches a month.
I created an Archives Hub description using their online EAD editor….
… my description is now live!
Add descriptions to each diary entry, detailing notable people, places and events which take place.
Look into further ideas for promotion.
Uploading further images on to flickr.
As a long term aim, I hope to create a website to host the diary, similar to the Department of Politics’ ‘William Godwin’s Diary’ project…