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Held at the University of Nebraska State Museum, the Iain C.G. Campbell collection contains thirty-nine photographs taken at Pompeii and Athens, forty-six postcards from multiple archaeological sites around the Mediterranean, and two Roman style lamps. Dating to the early nineteen hundreds, this collection was brought to Nebraska by Iain C.G. Campbell, the son of Gladys Annie Campbell née Theophilus, the original collector and the woman who is thought to be shown in two of the photographs from the collection. Campbell moved to Nebraska after his marriage to Gladys Perry, a native Nebraskan, and brought with him his mother’s collection. Donated to the museum in 1973, it is this collection that this thesis centers around, presenting and analyzing the material from multiple perspectives.
Travel throughout the Mediterranean has been present from antiquity to the present day. The discovery and excavation of archaeological sites and their promotion as must visits during the period of the Grand Tour established cities such as Pompeii and Athens as popular destinations for travelers coming from around the world. Due to this global impact on diverse cultures anthropology has taken strides to understand practices related to both the tourists and hosts. The Campbell collection fits within the study of objects accumulated by travelers for their larger understanding as objects of memory and presentation as proof of exploration and travel.
To make the Campbell collection more accessible, the photographs, postcards, and lamps have been digitized using both traditional scanning for the 2D objects and photogrammetry to create 3D models of the lamps. Using Geographic Information System’s (GIS) ability to map the locations of the photographs and formulate routes using Network Analyst, the photographs in the city of Pompeii were mapped and a possible route for the 1900s visit was formed. With the digital products of the collection, a narrative website was formed using Scalar to present the collection online.
Advisor: Effie Athanassopoulos