This past school year, we had an awesome Graduate Assistant, Sarah, who scanned the Joshua Hill Foster papers in their entirety! In addition to the scanning, Sarah also had an active role in performing quality control tasks on the scans and uploading the items to Acumen. We really enjoyed having Sarah work with us and we wish her luck as she continues on with her M.L.I.S. degree.
We have been adding to this collection in Acumen throughout the year, but now the entire collection is available. We utilized our “Mass Content” digitization method for this collection, which means rather than creating item-level metadata for the collection, we have instead presented the collection through links in the EAD finding aid. You may remember us discussing this delivery method in an earlier blog post.
For a little background on the collection itself, Joshua Hill Foster was an Alabama graduate in the mid 19th century, obtaining bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics. He was a Baptist minister and a planter in addition being the president of Alabama Central Female College in Tuscaloosa from 1873-1904. Foster also taught moral philosophy, natural philosophy, and astronomy at the University of Alabama from 1873-1904.
Notable items in the collection include a history of the Foster family going back to the first of the family to come to the United States 1700s, items related to his work at the University of Alabama and Tuskaloosa Baptist Church, and over 300 sermons, divided by the scripture passages they cover. The finding aid, containing links to every item in the collection can be found in Acumen.