"We like to think of this as a digital reproduction of the archival experience," said Glen Worthey, digital humanities librarian at Stanford.
In the 1930s, many people wrote master's theses on Webb, but then the author dimmed in popularity, Crawford said. She hopes the digital collection will help increase interest in Webb, and also make it easier for scholars — and just plain enthusiasts — to see these rare items.
"This is the perfect private collector-public institution collaboration," Crawford said. "When Stanford says, 'We're putting up an exhibit,' people want to see it."
To view the digital collection, go to http://marywebb.stanford.edu .
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