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About this collection

The David P. Campbell Postcard Collection contains approximately 250,000 postcards. With the earliest cards dating to the mid-19th century, this collection represents an historical look at natural and human science as well as global society and culture, encompassing a variety of themes including holidays, people, geographic locations, sentiments, and political and social statements. In addition, this collection showcases a variety of formats including photographic postcards and different media used to make them.

During the Spring 2018 semester, eleven students enrolled in the unclass Digital Humanities in the Archives began digitizing and cataloging approximately 1,000 cards from this collection to make them available to researchers, hobbyists, and the general public. Unclasses are hands-on in structure and stress student-led experiential learning. The postcard unclass, supported by the EXL Center, is taught in the English Department and hosted at the Drs. Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at The University of Akron.

Students represent academic disciplines including anthropology, art, English, and history. The class is made up of graduate and undergraduate students. Their observations regarding the collection reflect their overlapping interests. For updates on the students' work, please read their blog: https://humanscienceandculture.wordpress.com.

Students in subsequent semesters continue to grow the digital collection.

Browse the growing archive.

 

Browse the collection using Dr. Campbell's categories:

1898-1906 Old Comics

Feminists Leap Year Vol. 2

Hold-to-Light Copper Window Cards

Institutions, Asylums, Etc.

Lovers Portrait Vol. 1

M. Story Bates Cards

 

For reference requests contact ihsc@uakron.edu.

 

 
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