A wooden house

Black Belt 100 Lenses

Digital Archive Black Belt 100 Lenses creates opportunities for high school students from Alabama’s Black Belt to comment on the region’s unique histories and cultures through photography. The project, started in 2007, has collected more than 7,000 images to date. Working with the Alabama Digital Humanities Center, the Center for Community-Based Partnerships is building a digital archive of its images. This archive will lay the groundwork for the images’ incorporation into the University of Alabama’s library collections and will also form the content for a redesign of the project’s website in Omeka.

Project collaborators:

Heather Pleasants (CCBP), Elliot Knight (CCBP), Franky Abbott (formerly ADHC), Mary Alexander (Metadata), Jason Battles (Library Technology Planning and Policy), Steven Turner (Web Services), Emma Annette Wilson (ADHC), Muzel Chen (ADHC)

Jeronima Nava

Digital Edition of Jeronima Nava y Saavedra’s Vida (1669-1727)

The Digital Edition of Jeronima Nava y Saavedra's Vida gives both the academic and the casual reader of women's spiritual autobiography the opportunity to read this Colonial Colombian nun's text from the original manuscript. Easy accessibility is ensured via a diplomatic edition in which the manuscript page faces a transcribed, tagged page, with notes. The project, started in 2010, has collected images of the N1 manuscript from the National Library in Bogota along with pictures from Mother Jeronima's convent and colonial environs. Working with the Digital Humanities Center, this project is building a digital archive of writings by colonial women in New Granada. We are pleased to work in conjunction with the National Library of Colombia.

Project Collaborators:

Connie Janiga-Perkins (Department of Modern Languages and Classics), Mary Alexander (Metadata), Franky Abbott (formerly ADHC), Kim Smalley (Web Services), Muzel Chen (ADHC), Emma Annette Wilson (ADHC)

A photo of shakespeare

Shakespeare au/in Québec

Shakespeare au/in Québec (SQ) is a bilingual critical anthology of 20+ previously unpublished adaptations of Shakespeare written in Québec since the Quiet Revolution, a period of vast social reform that began in 1960. These plays will be marked up in TEI-compliant XML and cross-referenced to corresponding sections of Shakespeare’s texts via pop-up annotations. Built in Drupal, the site will also have a searchable database of each play’s theatre history and production details, as well as multimedia image, audio, and video files; a bibliography of secondary sources; interviews with playwrights; and a section on the literary and political history of Québec.

Project Collaborators:

Jennifer Drouin (English Department), Nathan Humpal (Metadata), Franky Abbott (formerly ADHC), Steven Turner (LWeb Services), Kayla Burns (Metadata)

Protesters marching

Digitizing Civil Rights

Digitizing Civil Rights is an online archive that records testimonials about the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. The project represents the voices of men and women who were directly or indirectly involved with the Movement. The Alabama Digital Humanities Center has been working with Dr. Maha Marouan and her students to build and map the archive since its conception in Spring 2012.

Project collaborators:

Maha Marouan (Gender and Race Studies), Steven Turner (Web Services), Jason Battles (Library Technology Planning and Policy), Franky Abbott (ADHC)

a map of cuba

Rediscovering Cuba in the British Periodicals Corpus

This project seeks to recover the metonymic distinctiveness of colonial Cuba in the British imagination, as represented by the British periodical press 1680s-1930s. Having secured the rights to non-consumptive use of ProQuest's British Periodicals database, and isolated all files containing references to "Cuba," researchers deploy concordance software to relocate those references in linguistic context and to map word use frequencies. In addition to providing the basis for future efforts at topic modeling and other strategies of "distant reading," this ADHC initiative also aims to guide future research into the imaginative possibilities inherent in distinctively British representations of Cuba and the West Indies.

Project Collaborators:

Albert Pionke (English Department), Tom Wilson (ADHC), Franky Abbott (formerly ADHC), Steven Turner (Web Services), Jason Battles (Library Technology Planning and Policy)

Scottsboro boys

“To See Justice Done”: Letters from the Scottsboro Boys Trials

More than eighty years ago, on March 25, 1931, nine young African Americans hopped a train in a Chattanooga freight yard and headed west to seek work. Instead, they found themselves joined together at the center of a life and death courtroom drama, falsely accused of rape. The Scottsboro Boys’ cases focused an international spotlight on Jim Crow in America in the 1930s. In 2013, Alabama legislators passed two bills, acknowledging that the men were “victims of a gross injustice.” One, a resolution, exonerated the nine defendants; and the other created a law making it possible to grant posthumous pardons to the Scottsboro defendants. Part of the Scottsboro Boys Museum University-Community partnership, this digital project aims to create a curated online repository of letters about the Scottsboro Boys Trials sent to Alabama governors during the 1930s from a wide range of correspondents to shed new light on these pivotal historical events.

Project Collaborators:

 Ellen Spears (New College/American Studies), John Miller (New College), Franky Abbott (formerly ADHC), Margaret Sasser (American Studies), Crissie Johson (SLIS/UA Press), Shelia Washington (Scottsboro Boys Museum), Debbie Pendleton (ADAH), Jim Hall (New College), Ann Hataway (New College), Muzel Chen (ADHC), Emma Annette Wilson (ADHC).

Southern and Western American scared music sheet

Southern and Western American Sacred Music and Influential Sources (1700-1870)

Southern and Western American Sacred Music and Influential Sources, 1700-1870 (SWASMIS), is a new open access research database which chronicles the history and dissemination of sacred music from Europe and the American Eastern Seaboard to the interior of the country over a 170-year time period. It catalogs every known southern and western sacred music composition from both manuscript and print sources, as well as significant material influencing the composers of those works. In addition to English-language tunebooks, the database documents materials in a variety of Old and New World languages, including German, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Latin, Hebrew, Cherokee, Choctaw, Dakota, Hawaiian, Lenape, and Seneca, as well as incorporating materials from numerous different denominational backgrounds, from Catholic, Jewish, Moravian, Episcopalian, and Lutheran works to Baptists, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Universalists, and Mennonites. When complete, SWASMIS will allow users to search this data in multiple different ways, including by composer, printer, song or tunebook title, language, region, lyrics, and numerous specific musical features of works such as key, repetition of melodic material, and other structural features. We are currently curating the data and preparing a permanent online setting to make the database accessible to the public.

Project Collaborators:

Nikos Pappas (Music), Jason Battles (formerly Library Technology Planning and Policy), Franky Abbott (formerly ADHC), Kim Smalley (Web Services), Bill Friedman (formerly Web Services), Muzel Chen (ADHC) and Emma Annette Wilson (ADHC)

Three girls from Lincoln Normal School

Scenes from the Lincoln Normal School

The ADHC partnered with Dr. Christa Vogelius, CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow for the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection to digitize two rare photograph albums documenting daily life on campus at the Lincoln Normal School in Marion, AL. The school was established for the education of freed slaves after the Civil War, and we worked together to create a website which uses the digitized albums dating from 1909 to 1924 to document the history of Lincoln Normal School. We were proud to launch the website in April 2014, and hope to add to it using other similar photographic holdings in the Williams Collection in the future. 

Project collaborators:

Christa Vogelius (formerly CLIR Fellow in the A. S. Williams III Collection, University Libraries), Emma Annette Wilson (ADHC), Muzel Chen (ADHC)

Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel in Birmingham, Alabama

Alabama Architecture

Alabama Architecture is a descriptive digital database about historical buildings and structures in Alabama, from both the Tuscaloosa area and further afield. It was created by Art History students taking course ARH 376 led by Professor Rachel Stephens, who worked in partnership with the ADHC to enable her class to create an online resource which could be added to each year by future iterations of the course. Gradually the aim is to harness the power of service learning so that students can make lasting intellectual contributions visible not only to their peers and local academic community, but also the international audience of the World Wide Web.;

Project collaborators:

Rachel Stephens (Art History), Emma Annette Wilson (ADHC), Muzel Chen (ADHC)

Jean-Joseph Vaudechamp

Art of the American South

Professor Rachel Stephens (Art History) partnered again with the ADHC to allow her class ARH 374 to create a series of online exhibitions about various historical southern art topics. Each project on the site was researched, written, and curated by a student, and as new iterations of the course take place this digital resource documenting a wide variety of subjects in the history of southern art will grow, becoming a valuable point of reference for students and scholars in the field working nationally and internationally, as well as the general public. 

Project collaborators:

Rachel Stephens (Art History), Emma Annette Wilson (ADHC), Muzel Chen (ADHC)