Posts for Tag : editorial cartoons

First Roadblock Scraping PDFs from ProQuest Historical Newspapers 3

Part of my dissertation research involves getting a giant corpus of newspaper articles from ProQuest Historical Newspapers. I need the editorial pages and A section from the Washington Post from 1946-1989 and from the Los Angeles Times from 1963-1989. I also need all of Paul Conrad's editorial cartoons from the LA Times for the same years since he was notorious for giving away originals and his archives don't have his complete body of work (unlike Herblock who never gave away an original in his life Read More

When Analog is Sometimes Better & You Can’t Always Trust Search Results 0

Last month I took a research trip to the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. It was my first "big" research trip. I was there for two weeks to look at a collection that comprised of over 200 boxes. I knew I couldn't get through it all so I prioritized ahead of time what boxes I HAD to get through and what boxes I would LIKE to get through and what boxes could wait until the next trip. I researched the Huntington's rules and regulations and brought all the appropriate tools with me on my trip and Read More

Digital Dissertation Plan of Action! 0

One of the hurdles to jump over at George Mason University before advancing to candidacy is the Presenting of the Prospectus. This document consists of a basic primer to Your Project. This includes such relevant information as the Research Questions, Methodology, and Sources. And less relevant information like a (let's face it, at this point fictional) Chapter Breakdown, and Timeline to Completion. Producing this document can be stressful since all the members of your committee have to approve it Read More

What do you look for in an advanced search? 0

As I've been going through and entering my cartoons into my database I've been thinking about how I eventually want to interact with it but more importantly, I've been thinking about how a user would want to interact with it. A major goal of this work is that I want to make my database available to the public. The reason I'm building this is because it doesn't exist anywhere else and it seems silly to me to keep it to myself, and while I can access the back end and interact with it via PHPmyAdmin, Read More

When You Need to do More than Just Tag: Controlled Vocabulary and Metadata 3

As I'm approaching finishing building my form for my Clio3 project, I'm starting to think ahead to what I need to do when I actually beginĀ using my form to input my meta data. I have four "categories" of meta information beyond the basic cartoon date, caption and artist information. These categories are: character, events, keywords and themes. The first two are relatively easy and straight-forward. Was Uncle Sam depicted in a particular cartoon or not? Was this cartoon referencing the 1960 Election, Read More

The Decline of the Editorial Cartoon and Should an Historian Care? 0

Back in April Farhad Manjoo wrote a piece for Slate Magazine entitled, "Editorial Cartoons Are Stale, Simplistic, and Just Not Funny." In his article Manjoo argues that the Pulitzer Prize committee are stuck in an out-moded mentality in its editorial cartoon prize selection mainly because editorial cartoons themselves is "stuck in the static, space-constrained, caricaturist mind-set of newsprint." Manjoo believes that the medium of editorial cartoons themselves are "an increasingly timeworn form Read More

Clio3 Term Project 1

My term-long project is the technical foundation of my primary research for my dissertation, which will be examining political cartoons as either representative/reactionary or causal of society's interaction with nucelar fear and anxiety. I need to build a database (most likely housed in Omeka...sorry if that terminology is incorrect) where I can do complex queries on these single panel cartoons. I'm starting by examining the corpus of Washington Post cartoonist, Herblock, for the years 1960-1974, Read More