Projects

Archived Projects

African e-Journals Project
African e-Journals is a resource that makes journals published in Africa and about Africa more available to scholars worldwide. The project accomplishes this goal by offering three services. First, the site provides a directory of journals about Africa with information about how to locate tables of contents, abstracts, and full text online. Second, back issues of eleven scholarly journals published in Africa are available (in full text) in the site’s archive. Finally, a links page offers information about other websites important to increasing the accessibility of African journals as well as digital libraries that would be of interest to African scholars.

African Media Program
The African Media Program (AMP) offers an online, comprehensive database of films, videos, and other audio-visual materials concerning Africa as well as education services about African media. The site hosts a comprehensive list of educational film resources that address African history, culture, and politics.  Each resource is accompanied with helpful notes and annotations, including a plot synopsis, subject lists, and audience appropriateness. AMP also gives information about where copies of the resource can be found. For some resources, additional information about the film is given, including misrepresentations of African subjects/ideas in the film, filmmakers’ bias, or contradictory perspectives on the same event. The AMP archive was created to help educators evaluate film materials for their educational value in the teaching of African history, culture, and politics.

American Voices
American Voices is a collection of late 19th and 20th century recordings, images and text that span the vista of American politics and culture. This archive features vast and valuable resources, including recordings by Neil Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Spiro Agnew, and Dorothy Day— among many, many others. In addition to being searchable by person and/or topic, the American Voices archive allows visitors to build their own galleries of materials based on selection criteria. The site then responds dynamically to create a display of resources that address the criteria chosen.

Black Churches in Detroit
Black Churches in Detroit is dedicated to preserving records and memories from the religious history of one of the United States’ oldest and most diverse cities, focusing particularly on the African-American churches that were created during the 1930s and 1940s in the wake of the Great Migration. The site features pictures, scanned documents, old bulletins, and more that document the history of some of Detroit’s most iconic black churches. The ultimate goal of the project is to gain a perspective on the history of Detroit, with both its successes and failures, through the churches that often provided a framework for its neighborhoods and communities.

Celebrity Lecture Series
The Celebrity Lecture Series was established at Michigan State University by the College of Arts and Letters in order to bring in individuals significantly connected with the arts and humanities. The popularity of this series attracted students, faculty, and members of the community, and featured some of the most illustrious scholars, critics, novelists, poets, and creative artists of the time. This commemorative online archive spans a ten-year period and offers visitors the opportunity to hear the voices of distinguished visitors along with photographs taken by Douglas Elbinger. Artifacts available on the site include interviews with Amy Tan, Joyce Carol Oats, Arthur Miller, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.— among many others.

Civics Online
Civics Online is a collaborative, Internet project working to provide teachers, students, and parents with a rich array of multimedia primary source materials, learning tools, and professional development resources to enhance current approaches to teaching civics in the classroom. The site contains information for teachers about pedagogical concerns and approaches for teaching civics, along with activities, information, and resources for students who are learning civics or civic concepts. Most of these materials are interactive and designed to be implemented at any stage of K-12 education. Civics Online also links to other helpful Internet resources for the study and teaching of civics.

Community Connex
Community Connex is an online, social networking tool that allows users to gather, discuss, and publish resources that are important to communities and groups. What sets Community Connex apart from other portal systems is the ability for users to define the issues that are important to them through the language and resources that speak to their specific community and needs. Community Connex allows for seamless group sharing, network tracking, information reporting, and group definition. This resource is currently being used to support a number of community-based projects, including the Oral History Association Network.

Earliest Voices
Earliest Voices is a multimedia site presenting some of the most significant voices captured during the first fifty years of sound recording, 1877-1927. Although time has taken a toll on the original versions of these recordings, cutting-edge techniques in digitization have allowed significantly clearer versions of these files to be made available online. Visitors can now listen to recordings of William Jennings Bryan, Thomas Edison, Booker T. Washington, and others who made significant contributions to the beginning of the 20th century. These audio files are accompanied by biographical information and associated images.

Educonsult: [Re]envisioning the Classroom in the Digital Age
Educonsult is dedicated to exploring the best practices in humanities computing pedagogy. Designed to help scholars effectively incorporate digital tools and technologies into their classrooms. Educonsult helps provide lists of resources, examples of technology-enhanced teaching, and institution-level best practices for how faculty members can take full advantage of newer technologies in their teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Exploring Africa
Exploring Africa is a teaching resource for teachers and students that introduces them to the geography, history, and culture of the African continent. The site contains five units that explore Africa through the humanities, social sciences, regional perspectives, and case studies for 10 African countries. Each unit is composed of smaller modules that provide information, writing exercises, worksheets, and other student activities.

Greater Mexico Podcast
The Greater Mexico Podcast interviews men and women involved in political trends, cultural events and social movements before turning to an historical expert who seeks to place these events in a historical context. The mission of the Greater Mexico Podcast is to popularize debate about events affecting Mexicans and Chicanos and create a dialogue between present-day actors and the historical academy. Although the show is bilingual, the site also offers translations of monolingual interviews and discussions into ether English or Spanish.

H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online
An international consortium of scholars and teachers, H-Net creates and coordinates Internet networks with the common objective of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. H-Net is committed to pioneering the use of new communication technology to facilitate the free exchange of academic ideas and scholarly resources. Among H-Net's most important activities is its sponsorship of over 100 free electronic, interactive newsletters ("lists") edited by scholars in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific. These lists are compiled and maintained with the goals of enabling scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; discuss new approaches, methods, and tools of analysis; share information on electronic databases; and test new ideas/share comments on the scholarly literature in their fields.

Historical Voices
The purpose of Historical Voices is to create a significant, fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century. This database will store and make available a number of spoken word materials that record a substantial amount of our cultural heritage from the 1900s. Until the Historical Voices collection, these recordings were dispersed in small private collections and were not available for public use. Now these irreplaceable recordings are being made available online in themed galleries that make their exploration efficient and meaningful.

Interactive Archaeological Management System (iAKS)
Developed as a preliminary proof of concept project, iAKS is specifically designed to take advantage of web services and Web 2.0 technologies and platforms in order to create a robust, scalable, extensible, stable, and reusable system that solves many of the data collection, data archiving, and data analysis problems encountered by archaeological projects. The ultimate goal of iAKS is to create an interactive system that archaeologists can use not only to collect, archive, and analyze excavation and artifact data, but also to access and visualize data remotely from anywhere in the world.

Latin American School and Educational Resources
LASER is a website for both teachers and students of Latin America in social sciences or the humanities. The site contains a wealth of online resources that are helpfully grouped into units. These materials can easily be incorporated into lesson plans (a few samples are included) or be used a student resources to get alternative perspectives on events, places, and cultures.

National Gallery of the Spoken Word
The NGSW is creating an online fully-searchable digital library of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century at HistoricalVoice.org. NGSW provides storage for these digital holdings and public exhibit "space" for the most evocative collections. From Thomas Edison's first cylinder recordings and the voices of Babe Ruth and Florence Nightingale to Studs Terkel's timeless interviews and the oral arguments of the US Supreme Court, the collections of the NGSW digital library cover a variety of interests and topics. Designed as an expansive repository of aural resources, Historicalvoices.org will grow to include many more collections from partnering institutions around the country and the world. One of the primary goals of the NGSW is the development of a rich set of exhibits and educational curricula that fully incorporate sound files.

Oral History Tutorial
The Oral History Tutorial contains detailed, technical best practices for doing oral history work in the digital age. The site features articles on recording techniques, selecting microphones and recording devices, converting files, and delivering files (among others). In addition to text-based tutorials, users can also download research papers, audio files, and interactive software tutorials.

Studs Terkel: Conversations with America
This collection of Studs Terkel recordings represents the work of one of the most iconic oral historians America has ever known. The site helps contextualize Terkel’s work with text and photographs and allows visitors to listed to audio interviews from some of his signature projects, including Hard Times and The Good War. The website also gives educators ideas about how they can incorporate oral history materials into the classroom.

The Flint Sit-Down Strike
Known as one of the most iconic labor movements in the nation, the 1936 Flint Sit-Down Strike provides fascinating information on the labor movement, capitalism, workers rights, and protest strategies for both historic and modern investigation. This site seeks to capture the spirit of that time through rare audio recordings and interviews with members of the strike. The site seeks to be an educational resource that introduces students and citizens to the events of the strike and encourages more critical reflection and understanding.

The Internet and Women's Democratic Organizing
The Internet and Women’s Democratic Organizing was a series of annual workshops centered around building capacity amongst women from the West African countries of Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali. The purpose of the workshop was to familiarize the attendees with the possibility of using Internet communications for women’s democratic organizing. Each participant was assisted in creating a website for her organization and learning the technical skills to maintain that site after her return. The workshops also allowed participants to network with one another and share ideas about organizing as women as both a local, national, and international scale.

The John Snow Archive and Research Companion
John Snow's contributions during the early years of inhalation anesthesia, and his investigations during two mid–century cholera epidemics in Victorian London, are landmarks in anesthesiology, epidemiology, medical cartography, and public health. This web site is primarily an archive of Snow's published writings—most appearing in medical journals—as well as recorded presentations and comments at medical society meetings between 1838 and his death in 1858. It also contains selections from writings by some of Snow's contemporaries on the same topics he addressed.

The Mystery of Lam Qua: Medical Portraiture in China, 1836-1855
The Mystery of Lam Qua consists of a gallery of oil paintings with contextualizing metadata that document a series of patients seen by Reverend Dr. Peter Parker, an American Presbyterian minister and physician whose 1835 hospital in Canton, China attracted a wide range of patients. These patients often had severe or unusual cases of pathology that significantly altered (some would say deformed) their appearance. Parker hired Lam Qua to make portraits of these patients as a substitute for photographs, which had not yet been invented. This gallery represents selections from those portraits and offers a fascinating (if not disturbing) glimpse into the history of medicine in China.

The Spoken Word: New Resources to Transform Teaching and Learning
The Spoken Word Project proposes to transform undergraduate learning and teaching through integrating the rich media resources of digital audio repositories into undergraduate courses in history, political science and cognate disciplines in the U.S. and Britain. The project will take full advantage of the flexibility inherent in digital repositories and build processes for learning that will fundamentally expand the way students and teachers understand knowledge, knowledge resources, and their own complementary roles in higher education.

Women in Science
The Women in Science archive provides full and partial text access to the written work of several significant female scientists. Accompanying these text works are contextualizing photographs and biographies.  In addition to the work of the eight scientists hosted locally, the Women in Science website links visitors to additional resources that shed light on women’s often overlooked and under-represented role in scientific fields.