The George H.N. Luhrs Family in Phoenix and Arizona, 1847-1984
About the Luhrs Manuscript Digitization Project
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The Geo. H.N. Luhrs Family in Phoenix and Arizona 1847-1984, part of the Luhrs Family Collection housed in the Department of Archives and Manuscripts in Hayden Library at Arizona State University, is a typescript volume containing the recollections of George H.N. Luhrs Jr. and assorted family documents he assembled. It was printed in a limited edition of 150 copies. The over-900-page text has no index and contains important information about territorial period and early twentieth century Phoenix, Wickenburg and Arizona history. It was selected for digitization to make the content more accessible to researchers seeking primary source material on these topics. The book was scanned as one of the 1998-99 Digitization Pilot Projects in Hayden Library.
Our aim in this project was to maintain the look of the original manuscript as much as we could, while creating an online version that was as close to fully machine-readable (and thus searchable online) as possible. We also wanted the online version to load quickly and be readable by any graphical browser. For these reasons we chose not to use PDF but instead to OCR the text and take the time to correct it and mark it up as HTML. We gave up speed and ease of scanning but we gained greater searchability and smaller file sizes, which we feel makes the manuscript much more accessible to remote users. We used the "type text" tag in Netscape to produce a font on screen which looks similar to the typewritten text of the original, and attempted to copy the layout of each page to the extent that it was possible and practical to do so.
We made a few changes in the online version, however, which do not maintain the appearance of the original. For example,
The online version of the manuscript is set up so that each page of the original volume corresponds to a single web page. Each of these web pages has a navigation bar on the left-hand side, similar to the one that appears on this page, which allows the user to jump to the next page, previous page, title (first) page, last page, and Table of Contents. The online Table of Contents page is a reproduction of the original except for the addition of links to various sections of the manuscript which correspond to the page numbers given in the original work. Likewise, links have also been added to the List of Photographs page, which allow the user to jump to the first page of each group of image pages in the manuscript.
The title page, Table of Contents page, and this page each have a link to the search interface page, which allows the user to enter a word and the system finds every page on which that word appears.
Each page's navigation bar has links to the University Libraries' web site and to the Department of Archives and Manuscripts' main page as well.
Questions, comments, or problems with the Luhrs Manuscript online may be addressed to Digitization Pilot Projects staff via e-mail or by phone (602/965-2421).
This project was produced in the spring of 1999 by staff in the Library Instruction, Systems and Technology department of ASU Libraries. The scanning and OCR conversion for the project were primarily performed by graduate assistant Shobana Balasubramanian. Heather Knowles designed the site and created the web pages. Pam Dunlock programmed the site's search capability.