Category: Projects

Founders Online Adds Thomas Jefferson Memorandum Books

In December of last year, Founders Online finally added the Thomas Jefferson Memorandum Books (hereafter TJMB) to its collection of over 175,000 primary sources related to the founding era of the United States. While some digitized versions of the original handwritten books are available through the Library of Congress or the Massachusetts Historical Society, the two-volume annotated and edited edition… Read more →

Patrick Henry Digital Library is Live

I am pleased to announce that a year after work began the new Patrick Henry Digital Library is now linked to Patrick Henry Red Hill’s website and can be viewed directly at  http://www.patrickhenrylibrary.org/. Generously funded by a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and made possible by a collaboration between Documents Compass, Red Hill, and Infoset,  this project seeks… Read more →

Wrapping up Founders Online Early Access

Founders Online, a website giving free access to over 170,000 documents and letters from the founding period of the United States, has seen tremendous user growth since its launch in the summer of 2013. With well over one million visitors to date, it has proven to be popular and useful for academics, government researchers, and the general public alike. Getting… Read more →

Announcing the The Nau Center for the Study of the American Civil War’s Website

I am pleased to announce that the website of the John L. Nau III Center for the Study of the American Civil War is now live and can be viewed by the public. Go to http://naucenter.as.virginia.edu/ for more information about all of the Nau Center’s events, internships, affiliated faculty, our book prize, etc. As the Nau Center’s new Digital Historian… Read more →

American Catholic History Classroom

Now that I have finished working on my proofs for Fordham, I wanted to spread the word about a really wonderful digital history project hosted at the Catholic University of America (CUA). Published out of the Omeka content management system, the American Catholic History Classroom is a wonderful site dedicated to making primary source content available online to educators and… Read more →

The Papers of Patrick Henry Digital Edition (Updated)

(Updated on December 10, 2015) I’m proud to be able to say that work on the The Papers of Patrick Henry Digital Edition digital documentary edition has officially begun. Conceived of at the start of 2014, Sue Perdue and I have been busy putting together funding requests, seeking out documents, creating inventories, developing workflows, perfecting a style guide, and making… Read more →

Essays In History

Essays in History, is a graduate student run and edited journal produced yearly by the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. It seeks publications from early career historians, namely graduate students and new professors. It was consistently published from the 1950s through the late 1990s when it ceased publication for a short time. In 2009, a handful… Read more →

Upcoming Projects

My first blog post on wkurtz.com. In the next few days, I will add old blog posts I originally wrote for DocumentsCompass.org demonstration how one can easily use digital tools like Voyant and Google NGram viewer to study the Founding Fathers. Founders Online is a wealth of primary sources and contains many, many texts, perfect for more advanced digital humanities… Read more →

Founders Online: Early Access

As an Assistant Editor and Project Manager at Documents Compass, Founders Online: Early Access is my current project. As a graduate student, I worked on the pilot project in 2009. Back then, we worked on proofreading or transcribing only 5,000 letters from the Papers of James Madison and Papers of John Adams documentary editions. From 2012-2014, however, we have worked… Read more →