University of Maryland Libraries Digital Collections

In Transition: Selected Poems
by the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

About the project

Tanya Clement is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a PhD in English Literature and Language and an MFA in fiction. Her primary area of research is scholarly information infrastructure. She has published pieces on digital humanities and digital literacies in several books and on digital scholarly editing, text mining and modernist literature in the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, Literary and Linguistic Computing, and Texas Studies in Literature and Language. She is a co-director of the Modernist Versions Project, the Associate Editor of the Versioning Machine, and the editor of BaronessElsa: An Autobiographical Manifesto, an ongoing project to edit the autobiographical writings of Freytag-Loringhoven.

Source Information


Much of this work was accomplished in Spring 2008 with generous funding and support provided through the Winnemore Fellowship at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, College Park, guided by Director Neil Fraistat and Associate Director Matt Kirschenbaum.

The content of this project would have been much more difficult to gather without the aid of Beth Alvarez, Curator of Literary Manuscripts, who facilitated the project throughout its various stages, including my research within the Baroness's papers, my effort to create and catalogue the images, and the final stages of proofreading. Susan Schreibman (Founding Director, Digital Humanities Observatory) inspired this project with her early interest in the Baroness, her knowledge of all things TEI, and her suggestion that the edition should be incorporated into the Versioning Machine. Dr. Schreibman, along with Martha Nell Smith (Professor of English, Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives, and Founding Director of MITH), gave experienced editorial advice.

The technological aspects of the project have many parents and caretakers. The Versioning Machine ( is the brain-child of Dr. Schreibman and Amit Kumar among others. It is an open source application that runs both locally on a Mac or PC and online. It takes advantage of the robust nature of TEI encoding by allowing editors to show what they have encoded in a given text and allowing them to couple this with annotations and images. Sean Daugherty, UM Libraries' Office of Digital Collections and Research (DCR), and Doug Reside, MITH, provided me with invaluable advice on re-designing the Versioning Machine style sheets in order to meet the unique editorial needs of this edition. In particular, Sean Daugherty ingested the edition into University of Maryland's Fedora Repository (, which facilitates the user's ability to search across the manuscript images and to use "Mirador" ( for a closer look of these images within the Versioning Machine interface.

Finally, Jennie Levine and Dave Kennedy, co-directors of DCR graciously agreed to host In Transition among the UM Libraries' Digital Collections.


For questions regarding the content of this site or about Freytag-Loringhoven's papers in general, please consult the Guide to the Papers of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.

To report any bugs regarding the operation of the site, please use the DCR contact form.

For comments regarding the site, please contact:

Tanya Clement