Behind-the-Scenes with Project PHaEDRA

Project PHaEDRA is an initiative by the Wolbach Library, in collaboration with many partners, to catalog, digitize, transcribe, and enrich the metadata of over 2500 logbooks and notebooks produced by the Harvard Computers and early Harvard astronomers. Our goal is to ensure that this remarkable set of items, created by a remarkable group of people, is as accessible and useful as possible. Help us transcribe these projects here, and read on to learn more. 



Hanging out with the Smithsonian-Harvard Center for Astrophysics


On December 18, we hosted a Google Hangout with Project PHaEDRA of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics' Wolbach Library to learn about the progress of the transcriptions of the logbooks of Harvard's early women astronomers. We talked about the historical contributions of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Cecilia H. Payne, and Annie Jump Cannon. Why is it important to transcribe these logbooks? What are the next steps?




2018 Updates!

Since recording the video hangout above with our colleagues at Project PHaEDRA, hundreds more pages have been transcribed and we've learned even more along the way! This year, they've been sharing various behind-the-scenes videos with us of different steps in the process of getting the Women Computer's logbooks into Transcription Center. Check out some the videos below (or head to our YouTube Channel) to learn more about all the hard archival work that goes into this amazing project: