Tag: digital humanities

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 →

Libraries and American Catholic History Online (Update!)

  The history of Catholicism in America has never been one of the most prominent subjects in academic history. Not surprisingly then there are likewise very few digital humanities projects that explore the lives of Catholics in the United States. Compared to the American Civil War, a topic that has received more than its fair share of attention online, the… 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 →

Concept Cover Art for Excommunicated from the Union (2015), by William Kurtz.

Excommunicated from the Union: By the Numbers

Big data is one of those buzz words particularly popular with digital humanists these days. It also defines an approach that is not necessarily relevant for all historical research projects. For example, my forthcoming book’s argument that the American Civil War alienated most Catholics relies much more on first-hand accounts and newspaper editors’ opinions than on tables or charts. Still,… Read more →

Mapping the Catholic Church in the Civil War

As a visualization tool, it’s hard to argue with the enduring power of maps. After attending a NEH digital methods workshop for military historians at Northeastern University last year, I realized that creating a map of the Roman Catholic Church in America during the Civil War would be a helpful way for me and my future readers to take stock… Read more →

Remember the Catholic Ladies

On March 31, 1776, with her husband John off attending the Second Continental Congress, Abigail Adams famously asked him to “remember the ladies” as he and the other men present were beginning to struggle with creating a new government for the American colonies. Until interest in social and gender history took hold in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, academic historians… 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 →