The Wheaton College Digital History Project currently includes transcriptions of nineteenth-century documents from the Wheaton Family Papers (1721–1994, with the bulk falling between 1779–1905) in the Marion B. Gebbie Archives & Special Collections at Wheaton College, Norton, MA.
The digitized and encoded collection includes the travel journal kept by Eliza Baylies Chapin Wheaton when she visited England and Europe with her husband Laban Morey Wheaton and his cousin in 1862, several pocket diaries that she kept in the 1860s and 1870s, and a daybook and ledger maintained by Laban Morey Wheaton between 1828 and 1859.
Our plans are to digitize, transcribe, and encode all documents in the Wheaton Family Papers. In addition, we plan to expand this project to encompass all Wheaton Founding Documents, which will include documents created by principals, teachers, students and trustees; publications; and the like, from the period 1834 to 1912, when Wheaton Female Seminary became Wheaton College.
In an earlier project, the diary of Maria E. Wood, covering the period 1872-1878, was transcribed and encoded by students in a Women’s History class. This and other non- Wheaton-related collections may be digitized and encoded, as interest and resources permit.
This project needs a good publication and long term storage solution for the TEI-encoded files. TAPAS will provide us with that solution and also give us better tools to take advantage of the in depth encoding we've done for this project.