ThingStor

A Material Culture Database and CMCS/DH initiative, ThingStor is currently under construction. ThingStor will be an open source database intended for documenting, contextualizing, and cross-referencing iconic and lesser known cultural objects in their various artistic manifestations, including (but not limited to) word and image. Imagine a searchable archive in which references to signature objects— from Franklin’s printing press to Roosevelt’s wheelchair, from military uniform buttons to the modern tin can—are identified as they appear in historical non-fiction or news print, novels or poems, paintings or sculptures. Moreover, imagine that these references to objects will be made available as visual illustrations that are historically contextualized and linked to vetted analysis. When in operation, ThingStor will provide a gateway platform for connecting historical objects to a wide range of applications, including research and teaching, exhibitions and entertainment.

London doll mock-up

Mockup for ThingStor in which objects are explored in their literary context(s), their material qualities are examined, and their cultural history is analyzed.

London doll mock-up

Mockup for ThingStor in which objects are explored in their literary context(s), their material qualities are examined, and their cultural history is analyzed.