Hi and thank you for your quick response!!! Thanks also for the video. It clarified the process a bit more for me.
Given what you said, it seems Tropy might be a good place to house my photos but might not be useful in terms of saving time/effort for my specific project.
The thing is that I don’t really need to process the letters as individual letters (there are about 1,700 of them, so I’m less interested in identifying qualitative details about individual letters and more interested in doing quantitative analysis on similarities between large groups of letters). My hope was to assign tags to specific images that contain references to specific topics. For instance, “religion” if an image discusses religion, or “soldier” if the letter-writer is a soldier. The goal would be to then use the search feature to find images with specific tags so I could easily winnow down photos based on tag categories: e.g. “300 photos in this ‘item’ make reference to Protestantism, but only 10 make reference to Catholicism.”
What I understand is that instead of keeping my 1,700 letters clustered into about 22 “items” (each item is a collection of 20-200 letters from different countries), I would need to create 1,700 “items,” which seems pretty daunting.
Moreover, a few dozen of my “items” contain folders of of newspaper clippings (a few hundred pages, each with about 4 articles per page… I’m guessing about 2,000 individual clippings), so being able to tag individual images within an “item” of these newspaper clipping folders would be useful from the perspective that I wouldn’t need to make 4 (or however many) copies of each page of clippings, with each clipping in that page as a different “item”–and end up having thousands of “items,” many of them duplicates. I could just tag individual photos if there happens to be something interesting on that page.
In any case, I think Tropy could be a bit better for quantitative analysis if tags could be assigned at the level of individual photos, rather than just items. Please let me know if this might be something that will be added in the future or if there is a work-around. I do really like this software and find it easy and intuitive to use. Thanks again for your help!!!