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The Len Norris Collection Prototype

Please note, as of September 2001, the Norris Collection Prototype is being replaced with the SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection.

Purpose and scope

The Len Norris Collection Prototype is intended to demonstrate a possible search interface for the Len Norris Collection at Simon Fraser University Library, which consists of 1500 original drawings by cartoonist Len Norris published in the Vancouver Sun between 1952 and 1985. The prototype is still under development, and will evolve as features are added and tested.

The prototype currently contains all 22 of the cartoons that were featured in an exhibition at SFU's Belzberg Library in summer of 1999 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the opening of Simon Fraser University's Harbour Centre campus. The exhbition, titled "The Education of Filbert Phelps: Cartoons by Len Norris" was prepared by the Belzberg Library's Karen Marotz. Karen's introduction to the exhibition provides background information on Norris, his work, and SFU's collection.

Search results for each cartoon include the date of publication, the cartoon's caption, the categories that the images were put in for the exhibition, and a thumbnail image. The thumbnail is a hypertext link to the larger display image and its descriptive information. Users may choose not to display the thumbnails if they wish. The thumbnails measure approximately 150 x 150 pixels and the larger display versions approximately 700 x 700 pixels. The resolution of the images is 72 dots per inch. Both versions of the cartoons are in GIF format and are greyscale. Many of the images contain Norris' handwritten captions.

Using the prototype

The prototype search interface lets users find single words or phrases in the captions or search for thematic categories. These two types of searches can be combined with "and" or "or". See the sample searches, also linked on the search form, for more detail.

Users can limit searches by date using the YYYY-MM-DD format.

Clicking on the "Search" button without entering anything in the form will retrieve records for all the images.

Browsing the Exhibition

Cartoons from the exhibition, along with Karen's commentary, are also available as a single web page you can browse.

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Last updated March 16/2000 by mjordan@sfu.ca