Robert C. Horn Papyrus Collection Project Status Update

This project’s goal is to create an “open” exhibition of Trexler Library’s Robert C. Horn Papyrus Collection.

In consultation with Muhlenberg’s Special Collections Librarian, Susan Falciani, we have decided on a clean layout, that presents easy access to the images of the papyri themselves, along with transcription and translation. Additionally, several tools will be presented in the exhibit that will give the user access to historical context, tools for teaching, additional bibliography, and other resources that will aid in understanding and interpreting the papyri themselves.

Below is a screenshoot of a “mock-up” of the basic layout for the site which is now being developed. The horizontal headings will provide the user to easy access to various types of papyri in the collection (Literary, Documentary, Letters, and Christian Documents). Though these categories may overlap, the user will be able to find the collection that they are interested in more easily.The left column contains headings that lead the user to additional resources.

Both the horizontal and vertical axes will remain static while selected content (including images and descriptions of papyri) will populate in the main body of the text.

The short term goal will be to finish the online presentation for the papyri that concern the history of Christianity (four in total). By concentrating on this small group of pieces, Susan and I will be able to work out the wrinkles in presentation and coding. Once this initial step is completed, I will be able to more easily make changes to the meta-data of the collection and provide open access to the entirety of the collection.

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