Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Boatbuilding thesis added to Memorial's Digital Archive Initiative

This photo of a herring boat from Trout River, Newfoundland, is taken from Paul Dwyer's Folklore MA Thesis: "The Design, Construction and Use of the Bay of Islands Dory: A Study in Tradition and Culture." The thesis is an examination of dory building the Bay of Islands in Western Newfoundland, looking at the issues of design, construction and use. Written in 2000, the thesis is now hosted online ast part of the thesis digitization project of Memorial University's Digital Archive Initiative (DAI). From books and maps to photographs, periodicals, video and audio, the DAI hosts a variety of collections which together reinforce the importance, past and present, of Newfoundland and Labrador's history and culture.

Other Folklore theses digitized to date include:

Continuation and acculturation: a study of foodways of three Chinese immigrant families in St. John's, Newfoundland
by Jianxiang Liu

Everyday objects as mediators of self: a material culture study of work, home and community in the pulp and paper town of Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador
by Jane Burns

Skill and status: traditional expertise within a rural Canadian family
by Laurel Doucette

Architectural change and architectural meaning in Moravian Labrador
by Dale Gilbert Jarvis

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