A digital research tool built in OMEKA software, The Database of Ornament categorizes and indexes textual ornaments from Victorian periodicals and establishes a standard vocabulary set for markup in digital editions on The Yellow Nineties Online. The Database allows the research team to collect, display, and compare ornament types across periodical titles. The first phase of the project aims to create visual files, descriptive metadata, and a standard vocabulary for the textual ornaments in the four volumes of The Evergreen: A Northern Magazine. The second phase of the project will expand to include other Y90s periodicals with textual ornaments, such as The Savoy, The Dial, and The Greensheaf. Digital editions of these magazines on The Yellow Nineties Online will be hyperlinked to the Database to expand users’ understanding of the importance of textual ornaments to fin-de- siècle aesthetic magazines and to allow them to collect, compare, and analyze a rich visual archive of ornaments used in fin-de- siècle aesthetic magazines.
Project Team Lead: Lorraine Janzen Kooistra
Research Team: Reg Beatty and Kaitlyn Fralick