DHSI – the Digital Humanities Summer Institute – is a humanities training program held every summer at the University of Victoria. Delivered over a week, each course is an intensive series of classes interspersed with colloquiums, unconferences, and other community-based events, and provides an ideal environment for influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation, and preservation in different disciplines. Course offerings have historically included such topics as text analysis, data visualization, digital pedagogy, programming, topic modelling, and more.

UBC Library is continuing as a sponsoring partner of DHSI thanks to the support of University Librarian Susan Parker. As part of this sponsorship, the Library provides free registration – normally $950 with the early bird rate, or $1,250 at full cost – for five library employees to attend a course at DSHI 2019, June 3-7 or 10-14.

If you would like to be considered for one of these sponsored spots, please submit the following to digital.initiatives@ubc.ca by October 31st:

  • A short statement of interest (300 words max)
  • Your preferred course(s)
  • Source(s) of funding you would use to cover the other costs of attending DHSI (travel, accommodation, incidentals)
  • If you have attended DHSI in the past on UBC Library-sponsored spot: the years you attended and the courses you completed

Any UBC Library staff member with an interest in Digital Humanities is invited to apply. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Library’s Digital Humanities Working Group; we hope to notify successful applicants by November 6th.

NOTE: Participants from sponsoring institutions can also attend DHSI at a reduced rate of $650, using a discount code. If you are planning to attend DHSI next year and are interested in registering at this discounted rate, please contact Larissa Ringham (larissa.ringham@ubc.ca) for the code *before you register*, as the discount cannot be applied retroactively.

We look forward to seeing your applications! Please let us know if you have any questions.

King Neptune's Dinner Party cover

King Neptune’s Dinner Party cover

If you read Laura’s previous post on the Empress of Britain, you’ll have some appreciation for this gorgeous old Canadian Pacific ocean liner.  The Chung Collection has some wonderful ephemera related the ship including this pamphlet for King Neptune’s Dinner Party from the 1934 world cruise.  Not only the menu for the dinner party (iced papayeas, turtle soup and roasted pheasant), it includes the musical selections for the evening, and an illustrated cover of Neptune on a giant fish.

This item and other related materials coming to the Chung Collection soon.  






Canadian Pacific Telegram book cover

Canadian Pacific Telegram book cover

It’s 1912 and you are reclining on your Canadian Pacific Railway seat having just finished a hearty lunch of roast beef and custard pudding. You gaze out at the prairie scenery and think ahead fondly to your family waiting for you at home – it’s been a long trip and you are looking forward to seeing them in 2 day’s time.

Then you open up the newspaper and spill your coffee, just a little bit, as you notice the date.  February 14th – you forgot Valentine’s Day.

Never fear!  Your trusty CP Rail porter can organize a telegram to be sent at the next stop, to be delivered by a uniformed messenger (location dependent) and enclosed in an attractive envelope.  And if you aren’t the poetic type, take advantage of one of these specially prepared texts to declare your love:

I picked my Valentine for life, sweetest and fairest of all, my wife.

Prefer something a little more dramatic?

Faint heart, they say, ne’er won fair lady. My heart is strong for you this Valentine’s Day.

Or maybe it’s for someone that you’re still wooing:

Be my Valentine. Say you care. Give all those other guys the air.

And there’s always this one. Perhaps racier-sounding today than in 1912:

You’re dearest to me of all your sex. All I can say is x x x.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kinesis, May 1976

Kinesis, May 1976

A new year brings with it new projects, and we’re excited to spotlight an upcoming digitization project with valuable local content.

Kinesis is an important local women’s newspaper that was published by the Vancouver Status of Women organization from 1974 to 2001 (the early iteration of the publication is entitled Vancouver Status of Women).  It is the only Canadian national newspaper focusing on women and women’s issues, and it is an invaluable and well-referenced resource for researchers in the area of gender, sexuality and social justice.

The project will digitize all 330 issues of the newspaper and make them freely available online in our digital collections.  We hope to have the publication up by summer … stay tuned for the launch announcement.

The material is held in the UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections division at HQ1101.V24 N49.

In order to track the digitization projects that are underway, we’ve put up a Gantt chart on our site that shows the timelines and overlap of all current projects. We will be updating this regularly, so check out our http://diginit.library.ubc.ca/projects page under the Current tab to view the most recent Digital Initiatives project list. Note that this chart reflects the longer-term (ie. 2 months or longer) projects only; projects with a timeline of a few weeks or less are not reflected.

DI Projects Gantt Chart

Digital Initiatives Projects: Gantt Chart

More posts on project planning coming in the new year. Until then, happy holidays everyone!

Have you ever ordered food from hotel room service and were shocked when your clubhouse and coffee came to $30?  Well, it looks like steep room service prices aren’t a recent phenomenon.

Take this 1962 menu from the historic CP Empress Hotel in Victoria.  Billed as a typical winter menu for the hotel dining room, it includes contemporary delicacies such as Jellied Beef Tea and Chantilly Raisin Pie.  It also lists broiled petit filet mignon with béarnaise sauce for $3.25 – according to the Bank of Canada inflation calculator, the cost today would be $24.94.

The convenience of ordering a filet mignon with béarnaise sauce to be delivered to your room – perhaps while enjoying a nice martini – is tempting.  According to the Empress’ room service menu from the same time period, the same filet will set you back $8.50.  Or, $61.66 in today’s prices.  Although the room service filet does come with sautéed mushrooms. Perhaps mushrooms were extraordinarily expensive in the 1960’s?

If we move over to the mainland, an earlier (1939) room service dinner menu from the Hotel Vancouver has filet mignon for $1.30 – that’s $20.97 in 2012 prices, 19% less than the adjusted cost of the 1962 dining room filet.  Why so much cheaper – the local economy?  Food costs?  The fact that béarnaise sauce wasn’t offered in 1939?

But if $1.30 was still too much for you back then, never fear.  Cheaper options were also available, like a tongue sandwich for 45¢ ($7.22 today). Or a salad of “avocado with shrimps” (shrimps! more than one!) for 85¢ ($13.64 today).

These menus are part of the Chung Collection‘s Canadian Pacific materials that are currently being digitized thanks to support from CP, and will soon be available online. 

Japanese propoganda leafletThis image is from a project currently underway: the digitization of the David Conde Fonds. A Canadian journalist working in Japan from the 1940’s through the 1960’s, David Conde reported on the IMTFE (International Military Tribunal for the Far East) trials for Reuters from 1946-1948.  Also known as the Tokyo War Crimes Trials, the tribunal brought charges against leaders of the Japanese Empire for war crimes. 

David Conde was ultimately expelled from the trial proceedings by General Douglas MacArthur, but not before collecting a massive amount of documentation.  Aside from the court proceedings, there are biographical profiles on the defendants, copies of exhibits, evidence, and diplomatic communications, as well as Conde’s copious research materials.

This image is an example of Japanese propaganda from the trial exhibits, intended for U.S. servicemen in the Philippines.  A fairly charming illustration on its own, the text warns of cutting off the lines of supply for Allied troops (click on the image to make it bigger).  The crabs look a little more sinister now, don’t they?

We have been partnering with the University of Tokyo to digitize these IMTFE materials – along with the rest of David Conde’s fonds – which will become available in UBC’s digital collections.  Stay tuned … in the meantime, you can read more about the David Conde fonds and its contents here.

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