Tag: Founding Fathers

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 →

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 →

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 →

Text Analysis for Everyone

The Digital Humanities (DH) can be intimidating to those just getting started. Can I just specialize in one thing and be a digital humanist or do I have to know XML, GIS, text analysis like topic modeling, and everything else? Do I have to be able to program? What do the techniques and tools of DH do for me that… Read more →

Google Ngram Weighs in on the Founding Fathers

Google Ngram Viewer is a useful tool that unfortunately was used as a whipping boy for a rather strong attack on the digital humanities written by Adam Kirsch in The New Republic back in May 2014. The DH community has since responded in force in too many responses to link here. So what is Google Ngram? From the website: When… 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 →

People of the Founding Era

People of the Founding Era, or PFE for short, was one of the first digital projects I worked on as a graduate student employee at Documents Compass. By the time I left the project in order to do research for my dissertation, I had risen from a entry-level employee to an editorial assistant in charge of training other employees in… Read more →