For this assignment I chose to center my focus on poliomyelitis in the U.S. I actually really enjoyed this archive because I liked having a newspaper as a primary source, as it includes both images and text. I found the archive to be fairly easy to navigate, and, having a specific topic in mind, all I really had to do was search “polio” and several newspapers with the word “polio” in it would come up. There’s also an option for an advanced search which allows you to narrow down your search further, which is especially useful if you don’t have a specific topic in mind. Many of the newspaper sources I found and used from this archive were pieces written by doctors, usually focusing on the nature of polio and precautions to take. All of the newspapers also provided all of the proper citation information like author, date, short description, page numbers, and more. Overall, I thought that it was a very solid archive, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for primary sources that involve newspaper articles.
“Calisphere: University of California”
The archive I chose to examine is titled “Calisphere.” Calisphere features over 750,000 images, texts, and recordings of thousands of events all having to do with California in one way or another. The majority of the archive’s content is gathered from several libraries from each University of California (UC) school, and from a good amount of other non-UC affiliated libraries throughout California. For an archive with so much content, it is fairly easy to navigate. Essentially the only two tabs of actual significance are the “collections” and “exhibitions” tabs. For the collections tab it gives you an option to go through the content in an “A-Z” fashion. The material is really all over the place, ranging from the earthquake in 1906 in Silicon Valley to California Indian baskets. As for the exhibitions tab, it is a little more organized in that it at least has sub-tabs for California history, California cultures, Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA), and uncategorized. At the top is a search bar if one happens to be looking for a specific collection, image, text, et al. For the most part, each individual image belonging to a larger collection/exhibition seems to have a title, place of origin, date, publisher, contributing institution, and description — essentially everything you really need to know that is of relevant information.