Sample Projects

Examples from some of Shawn Martin’s research, teaching and digital scholarship projects.

Leadership at Indiana University: Andrew and Theophilus Wylie, 1820 – 1890

A digital history project sponsored by the Indiana University Bicentennial, the project highlights President Andrew Wylie and his cousin, Professor Theophilus Wylie at Indiana University, establishes a platform for the development of additional online exhibits related to the Wylie House Museum, and provides content and digital space for Indiana University courses.



The Power of Science: Origins of American Scholarly Communication, 1840 – 1900 is a doctoral dissertation that explores the history of scientific publishing in the United States including analysis of two of the earliest American scientific societies (the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society) as well as some of America’s first scientific journals (the American Journal of Science, the Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society).

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History of the Book

A course that examines the history of written knowledge representation through manuscripts, books, digital media, and other forms in western culture, from the classical age to the present day.  Topics include cultures of reading, social impact of texts, methods of production, distribution, and classification, and historical influences like the church, state, and economy.


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Text Creation Partnership

A project that created standardized XML/SGML encoded electronic text editions of early English and American printed books from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. These text files were jointly funded and owned by more than 150 libraries worldwide and are freely available for anyone to use.