Cataloging the Columbia Epigraphic Squeeze Collection 2012-2013
We are currently in the process of re-cataloging a teaching collection of approximately 700 epigraphic squeezes (paper impressions of inscriptions) and publishing a new searchable, online catalog in the form of a spreadsheet with up-to-date bibliographic references. The initial phase was completed in May of 2012 by Columbia graduate students Lucia Carbone (Classical Studies) and Caroline Wazer (History) with the generous backing of the Classics and History Departments and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Publication will include a short introduction to the collection, authored by Lucia and Caroline, which will discuss some of the lines of connection with the Olcott collection. The second phase of this project, starting in the Fall of 2012, will involve creating structured data in the form of EpiDoc files for the epigraphic collection, including the squeezes, so that the material may be integrated into the U.S. Epigraphy Project. This will be done by Joe Sheppard (Classical Studies), who was just awarded a new digital humanities internship at Butler Library for the 2012-2013 academic year. See also Columbia Classical Studies website.