Mapping the Nineteenth Century Newspaper Page

This will be brief: in the afternoon session on Tuesday, Martha Patterson asked a question about collage and the 19th century newspaper page (forgive me if I misunderstood the nature of the question). This isn’t necessarily a collage, but with my colleagues on the Viral Texts Project we “mapped” a page of what we took to be a rather typical mid- to late-nineteenth century front page of a US newspaper (in this case, from Clearfield, PA). Our main focus is reprinting, and here we were looking at reprints of a bizarre text titled “Love Letter,” but I think this could be at least interesting to get a sense of the genre soup on the front page of a nineteenth century paper.

Here it is:


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3 responses to “Mapping the Nineteenth Century Newspaper Page

  1. markjames7

    very cool. the possibilities of this project–for other authors and pieces lost in the archives–appear endless. I’d love to hear more.

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  2. KMichael

    Hi fitz – This is fascinating. This project makes beautiful use of the power of the digital interface to bring together disparate objects into the same “view.” I’m on the Manifold team, and have been tracking the development of the Going the Rounds project ( there with great interest. I’m actually currently working on a book chapter on hybrid publishing and am planning to reference your wonderful project there. It’s great to meet you here!

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    • Hi Krystyna, thanks for your note and the kind words! I did note, as I was reading through the bios, that you worked on Manifold, and wondered if you were working on Going the Rounds. I’m really excited to be working with Manifold/UMinn on the book and can’t wait to see how it all comes together. I’ll keep an eye out for your chapter. Thanks again!

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