I am the lead researcher on the Yellow Nineties Personography, a biographical database that documents the contributors to four avant-garde fin-de-siecle periodicals: The Yellow Book, The Pagan Review, The Savoy, and The Evergreen. The personography is an offshoot of The Yellow Nineties Online, edited by Drs. Lorraine Janzen Kooistra and Dennis Denisoff and facilitated through Ryerson’s Centre for Digital Humanities. Drs. Janzen Kooistra and Denisoff masterminded the personography as a means of improving our understanding of the social network that nurtured avant-garde journalism and art in the 1890s. London is this network’s locus, but it extends across the globe.

Y90s portraitsBetween Fall 2013 and Winter 2015, the personography team (including previous CDH RAs, the Yellow Nineties’ principle investigators, and me) built the first iteration of our dataset. We researched the 351 persons who contributed art, text, editing, and engraving to our four periodicals.

Over Winter and Spring 2015, I developed some initial visualizations and co-presented our personographic findings thus far with project supervisor Dr. Janzen Kooistra. In the near future, we will transform our dataset into TEI and continue to manipulate the data through visualization.

To learn more about how the Yellow Nineties Personography models biographical data and why it matters, see Queering and Querying History.