Inclusive Description Working Group and Her Book Project

Reading Group

Mar 18 12:00 – 1:20 pm
Center for Digital Humanities
Firestone Library, Floor B

This session highlights two initiatives in Special Collections of relevance to the Collections as Data discussion series.

The Inclusive Description working group was created to bring together archivists working with Princeton’s collections to address problematic description within our holdings. The presentation will give an overview of the goals, initiatives, and strategies the group is employing to tackle this problem.

The Her Book Project at Princeton University aims to inventory, catalog and study patterns of women’s book ownership found within the 4,000 English-language books 14th- to 20th-century books that comprise the Robert H. Taylor Collection of Literature. The data generated will answer questions regarding trends, frequency, and demographics including, “what are the social, racial and economic profiles of the women represented by this sample size?,” “how many among these parameters can be identified via the record to begin with?,” and “which of them have been cataloged?”. By approaching these questions among others, the Her Book Project aims to understand historic female book ownership on a larger, more comprehensive scale than before.