Rebecca S. Wingo

digital scholarship

rebecca s. wingo

Digital Research

Homesteading the Plains

images of historic business adThe Homesteading the Plains Digital Project is a companion site to Homesteading the Plains: Towards a New History (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), a co-authored manuscript (with Richard Edwards and Jacob K. Friefeld). The purpose of the site is to make our data available to future researchers, and provide an interactive component to the socio-legal network visualizations of rural Nebraska homesteaders and the associated maps.

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The Artistic Legacy of Buffalo Bill Cody

rona bonheur painting of Buffalo BillIn the Spring of 2011, Carleton College Professor Emeritus Robert E. Bonner wrote an article for Montana: The Magazine of Western History called "'Not an imaginary picture altogether, but parts': The Artistic Legacy of Buffalo Bill Cody." Given the breadth of Bonner’s research and the visual aspects, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West hired me to turn the extended version of his article into a digital gallery and repository, including audio from an interview with Bonner about the individual artists and their works of art.

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'I shall be glad to see them': Gertrude Käsebier's Indian Portraits

photograph by Gertrube kasebierThis co-authored gallery and archive are the results of a collaboration between myself, Michelle Delaney (Director of the Consortia for the Humanities, Smithsonian Institution), and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. An expansion of Delaney's Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier, the site chronicles the life of Gertrude Käsebier, a photographer from New York City who formed lasting friendships with several of Buffalo Bill's Lakota performers and took unique studio portraits during their performance week in 1898.

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Representing the Railroad

cartoon of man in puffed up train suit to prevent people from sitting next to himIn the Spring of 2012, I interned on William G. Thomas, III's digital project, Railroads and the Making of Modern America. Specifically, I researched various representations of the railroad in Harper's Monthly and added them to the section "Representing the Railroad." To preserve the integrity of the volumes of Harper's, I scanned all the images with a Zeutschel. For several presentations, I used ImageFlow and HighSlide, and Andy Wingo created a harness to create a comparative gallery (an example of this is in the Käsebier gallery).

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