The Magic of America is an early (2007) e-publishing effort from the Art Institute of Chicago, to create a digital version of a memoir by Marion Mahony Griffin. An architect and designer, Griffin was the wife and partner of architect Walter Burley Griffin. The unpublished manuscript is over 1,400 typewritten pages, and includes more than 650 illustrations, all faithfully reproduced by the Art Institue. At the website, vistors can move back and forth between page facsimiles that replicate the original typed pages, and the digitized text. There is also a database of all the images (including page images) that be both searched and browsed, using drop-down menus of terms: place names, architects, and buildings. The database is indexed to the manuscript. For example, view a town plan drawing for Oak Park, IL by Walter Burley Griffin, created while he worked with Frank Lloyd Wright. Then, use the notation III.10.177 to move back to the manuscript to discover the surrounding text, that discusses the back and forth between Griffin and Wright.
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