bibliography database? emblem conference? (60)

Thu, 23 Mar 89 19:50:30 EST

Humanist Mailing List, Vol. 2, No. 761. Thursday, 23 Mar 1989.

(1) Date: Thu, 23 Mar 89 00:03:52 PST (25 lines)
Subject: biography database

(2) Date: 23 Mar 89 17:01 -0330 (15 lines)
Subject: Emblem conference at Glasgow

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Date: Thu, 23 Mar 89 00:03:52 PST
Subject: biography database

[The following has been submitted on behalf of a colleague. Answers
may be posted publically, since they would likely interest others.
Thank you.]

"I wish to transform several filing cabinets worth of biographical
and bibliographical information on some 500 early Canadian women
writers into a database that will eventually house three to four
thousand authors. Included will be details concerning each person's
family background and structure, places and dates of residence, education,
literary and other careers, club and association memberships, and
publications (book and periodical), as well as secondary and archival
resources. The database should take into account the variability of
information about each person and will cope with different magnitudes
of fields and records. I would like to be able to make fairly
sophisticated queries, such as identifying all authors who published
poetry with a particular press during a particular decade, all authors
who were librarians in a particular region, or all authors who
published only before marriage. A micro program (PC or Mac) would be
preferable to a mainframe, so long as capacity is not a limit. I
would be very interested to hear from anyone who has developed a
similar database, for sharing information and advice."
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Date: 23 Mar 89 17:01 -0330
Subject: Emblem conference at Glasgow

Do any Humanists have an address for the organizers of the conference
on emblem books which will take place in Glasgow next year? Having
prepared an abstract, I find that my source of information is entirely
mute on the topic of where to send it...

I tried mailing to the Glasgow Humanists but have not yet had an answer,
so it may be that my mail never got through. I would be most grateful
for any help with this (the abstracts have to be in by March 31|).

David Graham