A Prototype Online Archive of Documents Related to Indigenous Peoples in Colonial Spanish Florida.
Author: Emilia Thom
Faculty Mentor: Clayton McCarl
During the summer of 2020, I worked on a research project titled “A Prototype Online Archive of Documents Related to Indigenous Peoples in Colonial Spanish Florida.” This project focuses on creating a prototype online archive containing digital editions of primary source documents relating to interactions between Indigenous peoples and Spaniards during the colonial period in Florida. With the help of Dr. Clayton McCarl and Dr. Denise Bossy, I worked to edit five documents from eighteenth-century St. Augustine. Dr. McCarl and I explored different formats for an online archive, and new digital editing criteria relating to the documents. The project is still in progress, with draft editions co-published by coloniaLab (colonialab.org) and the North Florida Editorial Workshop (nfew.org). The finished prototype will include digital editions that provide a transcription view, reading view, and an intermediate view; lexical and historical annotations; and an indexing platform that includes document summaries, historical context, and editorial criteria. The finished project will provide a platform for students to continue to publish primary source documents online in a way that is both comprehensible and accessible.