Digging Through History’s Dumpster: The Woman’s Exponent Advertising Database

In 2019 the Marriott Library worked with BYU’s Lee Library to re-digitize a complete archive of Woman’s Exponent, a newspaper published in Salt Lake City from 1872-1914. While the work to transcribe the complete text is ongoing, every advertisement from the paper was transcribed, cataloged, and made available in a searchable web database in 2021. Dr. Jeremy Browne of BYU’s Office of Digital Humanities will present the development of the database and some notable discoveries made in the process of cataloging the advertisements. He will also explore the impact small databases such as this can have in the public humanities.





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