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Welcome to the Cambridge Historical Commission Digital Architectural Survey and History archive.
This site represents the first stage of refinement for organizing the digitized documents from first three drawers the commission's 10 file cabinets (37 drawers) full of documents concerning Cambridge's buildings and their history. The collection includes formal documents, building-by-building inventory forms, clippings and ephemera. Three drawers covering parts of East Cambridge were seleced as a pilot data-set to experiment with this digital archive. The three drawers scanned fo rthis pilot represent approximately 880 distinct places and approximately 4000 documents comprised of about 7400 individual scanned pages.
Two types of items to provide staff a means of discovering and attaching knowledge concerning places and documents:
Place Items represent different sorts of places, including: (Un-linked types below had no automatically-detected instances in our pilot data-set. )
Document Items represent different sorts of documents found in the building files archive:
Every document is related to a place item. This makes it easy to discover all of the documents related to a particular place. Place items provide the containers where information about the place can be consolidated. Allieviating the need to store redundant informaion about places in the descriptive information about documents. Users can selectively browse Historically Designated Places which could fall into any of the place categories, above.
Map Browse: A big part of this project involved the wrangling of several geographic data-sets to correlate the addresses associated with CDASH documents with geographic coordinates. THis allows us to associate CDASH assets with information from lots of other sources including Geographic Information Systems and scanned historic atlasses which are now shared by other historical projects.