Digital Projects Specialist

Bethany Farrell is an art historian and digital humanist with a Ph.D. from Temple University. Before starting in this role, Farrell was NEH Digitization Technician working to digitize large collections for Revolutionary City: A Portal to the Nation's Founding, and Digital Franklin Fellow at APS’s Center for Digital Scholarship and the lead of Phase 2 of the Franklin Ledgers Project. The Franklin Ledgers Project is a multi-year project to digitize and transcribe Benjamin Franklin’s postal ledgers and shop accounts. Since beginning her graduate studies, Bethany pursued a focus in digital humanities. She began her training at the Getty Foundation funded Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media summer institute at George Mason University. Bethany continued to hone her skills as a fellow at Temple University’s Digital Scholarship Center (now the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholar’s Studio) for two years. Her use of digital methodologies allowed her to resolve primary dissertation inquiries as well as assist and collaborate on diverse DH projects ranging in time and space from Bronze Age Oman to twentieth-century science fiction. Beyond her work on Franklin’s Ledgers at the APS, she is developing her book manuscript tentatively titled, Making More: Bronzino and Iterative Art Practice. The manuscript is an extension of her dissertation and continues to engage computational as well as computer vision techniques to bring a fresh approach to the study of Bronzino. She is also initiating a larger dataset/database initiative on Cosimo I de’ Medici’s artists, which she hopes to make accessible for scholarly and public consumption.

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