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Gwen Frostic Archive

Volume 17: Elsa Hensel (2009): Researching and Cataloging the Legacy of American Artist Gwen Frostic for the Purpose of Academic Research
ISBN: 978-3-86821-164-1
€20,00 • $25,00

 

Gwen Frostic was a gifted artist and poet as well as a successful businesswoman in the state of Michigan. Throughout her long life, her artistic talent was dedicated to creating block prints depicting the regional flora and fauna that were her inspiration. Frostic was the author of numerous volumes of free-verse and she created a vast array of nature motifs in hand-carved block prints.

Frostic sold her artistic products directly from her shop at Presscraft Papers in Benzonia, Michigan, and over the years she established a thriving mail-order business as well. Long after her death in 2001, her artwork is in great demand and her artistic reputation has continued to grow.

Keeping Gwen Frostic’s legacy alive and accessible involves preserving her personal documents in a modern digital archive for researchers, genealogists, historians and all those who appreciate her life story. This academic work illustrates the process of creating and using such an archive for a variety of purposes. A detailed user-guide assists in managing archived files, and the appendix provides an overview of Gwen Frostic’s legacy.

228 pp., 38 fig., database: 1366 images

 

 

Table of Contents

 

INTRODUCTION 1

 

1. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES 2

 

2. SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF GWEN FROSTIC 4

 

3. CREATION OF A DIGITAL ARCHIVE 16

3.1. Definition of Archive 16

3.2. The Frostic Legacy at a Glance 17

3.3. Research 19

3.4. Detailed Classification 20

3.5. Creating the Catalog 22

3.6. Digital Preservation of the Frostic Legacy 24

3.6.1. The Scanner: Brother MFC-6490 CW 24

3.6.2. PaperPort 11 by Nuance 25

3.6.3. Workflow 26

 

4. PRACTICAL USE OF THE DIGITAL ARCHIVE 28

4.1. The Glossary 28

4.2. Using Files 32

 

5. CONCLUSION 35

 

6. BIBLIOGRAPHY 36

6.1. Print Media 36

6.2. Electronic Media 37

6.3. Internet Sources 38

 

7. INDEX OF FIGURES 40

 

8. APPENDIX – CATALOG OF THE FROSTIC LEGACY 43

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