Q&A by Adam,Fernando,Freddy,Juliana P.,Kevin V., Miguel L., Rayan R. and Ronny A.
1. a. what kinds of questions did each of the three stations(archival documents, image dtabases, maps/atlases) bring up? 1.b what kind of information did you find?
- Who wrote the notes/receipts in the archives?
- Where is the atlas?(there was a missing atlas?)
- How can we make our database searching easier?
- How do people make it easier to decipher handwriting?
- What other aspects beside fires affected the way brooklyn changed so quickly over short spans in time?
- It cost around four times more to bury people than their salary was while they lived.
- A visual aspect of how the streets changed by spacing and adding more streets.
- Stereographs that could provide a cheap 3d visual effect of what something looked like.
- Over the course of ten years before and after the fire Brooklyn changed at a rapid rate. It seemed to change more back then then it does now.
2. how did the questions/ information relate to one another?
- they related to the brooklyn theatre fire
- they were different representations of similar information.(visual vs text)
- the information cam from different sources in different points of view
3. given what you have seen and explored come up with three questions for further research.
- why is it so hard to find info on the brooklyn fire
- where did they keep bodies before they were buried?
- why were they buried a year later?
4. For each of those three questions lay out at least 1. or 2 of the first steps you might take to bein answering them.
- look for other diff sources e.g. sources that aren’t directly linked to the disaster.
- ask other (old) libraries for information
- ask historians
- go to a larger or different archive
- find and ask descendants for information (old photographs, letters, journals etc)
- look for government documents directly related or roughly related to the fire
5. How BHS research relates to our current studies
- emergency exits are necessary
- spacing between buildings helps prevent the spread of fire
- some materials are fire resistant. other materials can be treated to resist fire or reduce its flammability.
- exit plans are necessary and even maps are added into buildings to show these exits
- precautions against fires and other natural disasters are are taken into account when a building is erected
- there is a maximum occupancy set for every room and floor of a building.
- there are laws that architects and engineers are require to follow in order prevent disasters
- there are whole manuals and lists of what materials and how they react with fire provided to architects and engineers.
- there are companies like UL that evaluate every single product made, including building materials (fire safety e.g. fire resistance) , for the benefit of public safety.