Site Dreams and Primary Source Roads

So my colleague and I decided we had both better complete a post on our primary source list and our planned outline for the site.  The reason being, while we will have ONE main site, we plan on having TWO layered sites.

From our homepage, the plan is for the user to have a choice as to which side of the site to enter; either a section on the urban, affluent, tourist-related side of Asheville, or to enter the side regarding the more rural, farm-country, and economically disadvantaged side of Asheville.  I’ll be focusing most of my research on the latter.

I’m hoping someone, perhaps even in our New Media department here at UNCA, will know about a type of technology where you might be able to scan a real photo, say an aerial shot of a Barnardsville farm, and then I can label certain buildings as menu headings to open additional types of categories.

For instance, the local church would “ping” when hovering over it with a computer mouse, and then if you entered it, you might have a title menu on the next page that gives you the ability to look at church records, dockets, images, etc.  If you click on one of those, it will bring up that document and/or image and you might have a hyperlink that will take you to an analysis of that item, or even link you to another related item.

The seven “menu headings” I plan to focus research on for my side includes rural farms, churches, community buildings (for example, schools, the local Post Office and/or general stores), labor- including the Railroad, early stages of Prohibition, the Flood of 1916, and minorities.  Under some of these headings, such as rural farms, you might find links to see what the farms were producing at that time, or you might find a link to a person from that particular farm that enlisted as a soldier, or perhaps even their letters or diary entries.

The point is, each of these menu headings should have the ability to bring up additional subheadings.  A layered content.  That’s the basic outline for our website.  I’m sure it will evolve, and I’m sure Ben will be able to add to what I’ve already posted here to maybe give a different viewpoint of the “look” of our projected site.

As far as primary resources, I’ve found most of mine in Special Collections here at UNCA so far, but I am indebted to Ben’s research already, as he produced an extensive list for me to delve into more.  The following list includes several primary resources for contemplation of use on the final website.

From UNCA Special Collections:

The Asheville Citizen-Times (stunning primary source photographs, and thanks to Gene for getting the “ok” to use their content)

E.M. Ball Photographic Collection

Asheville: A Pictorial History by Mitzi Schaden Tessier

Fifty-Eight Years in Asheville by Charles Webb (and his other, Forty-Six Years in Asheville)

From Western Regional Archives:

Panoramic Black and White Picture of a Training Camp for WWI Soldiers

Pack Library (Information courtesy of Benjamin Jarrell):

Tobacco Records

Along the Electric Line

African-Americans Working on Streetcar Track

View of Chimney Rock from Esmeralda Inn

Asheville Grain and Hay Company Photographs

The “Barn Hills” (I’m particularly interested in looking at this collection, as I believe it may refer to Barnardsville)

Flood of 1916 (huge collection, and it appears as if quite a bit of it may be digitized already)

View of Mountains, Mt. Mitchell, Rainbow Falls

First Presbyterian Church Records

I still have planned to visit Mars Hill, Montreat, and Appalachian University Special Collections, and there could possibly be other avenues of interest between here and there.  At this point, this is currently where I stand with a dream and a plan.

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