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Midwest Transfer Print Ceramics at www.midwesttransferprintceramics.org provides intuitive and practical access to nineteenth century transfer print ceramic artifacts collected from national park sites throughout the Midwest. Right now, all samples are from Lincoln Home National Historic Site (IL), but it is hoped that specimens from Cuyahoga Valley National Park (OH) and Fort Scott National Historic Site (KS) will be added soon. These artifacts are stored at the National Park Service’s Midwest Archeological Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

As a result, ceramics experts and enthusiasts will have a resource to turn to in analyzing pieces with which they may not be familiar. Furthermore, the Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) hopes that making these materials accessible will spark a renewed interest in their study  by archeologists, feeding interest in MWAC and its work in historic archeology.

In its simplest sense, the www.midwesttransferprintceramics.org landing page contains general information on selected featured items with attractive visuals.

As the visitor navigates along the application, they see the initial archive of approximately 50 of Lincoln Home National Historic Site’s most complete and fascinating transfer print ceramic artifacts. While these artifacts represent only a small portion of the collection at MWAC, they are representative and have easily identifiable traits.

At the heart of the application is a durable and portable dataset developed on a coherent and logical metadata structure using Dublin Core metadata standards combined with the archaeological records from MWAC. The data placed within the framework may be folded into larger regional and nationwide collaborations on transfer print ceramics with other National Park Service units.

This archive has been designed with the purpose of allowing others to produce original scholarship and presentations on the dissemination of industrial and material culture in the midcontinent. Its resources might suggest how transfer print ceramics can be used to interpret significant phases in Midwest history.

We hope you enjoy this archive.

Wilma Gerena, John Buchoski, and Clayton Hanson, 2015 Digital Humanities Practicum students. This practicum was offered through the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. Learn more about the CDRH at http://cdrh.unl.edu/.