Monday, November 11, 2013

Memorable Days: The Emilie Davis Diaries commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by sharing the remarkable diaries kept by an African American woman in Philadelphia from 1863 to 1865.  Through this Web site, which includes annotated transcriptions of the diaries and scans of the original pages, readers can experience the events in Emilie Davis’s life in real time.  Going back 150 years to October-November 1863, for example, readers learn that Davis’s brother, Alfred, enlisted in the U.S. Navy just days before his wife, Mary, died of consumption.  Readers can navigate the Web site by date or by keyword.  Topics include the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address, and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

The Web site is a project of Villanova University and its Falvey Memorial Library, with support from the History Department, the Communication Department, and the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning.  The diaries are in the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and are accessible in its Digital Library.  They were scanned as part of The People’s Contest: A Civil War Era Digital Archiving Project, a project of Pennsylvania State University Libraries and the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Gateways to America

Leaving Europe: A New Life in America, the first joint virtual exhibit from Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America, includes more than 100 photographs, manuscripts, broadsheets, paintings, government documents, and other sources. 

Related Sources

Attachments: Faces & Stories from America's Gates
U.S. National Archives, June 15, 2012 - September 4, 2012

This exhibition tells the stories of more than 30 women, men, and children who found themselves at the gateways to America between 1880 and 1945. The Summer 2012 issue of Prologue provides an illustrated overview of the exhibit

The brief video of the Attachments Exhibit Preview includes comments by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, curator Bruce Bustard, historian Erika Lee, and Michael Pupa, the only living person featured in the exhibition. Ferriero speaks of the multiple meanings of "attachments." Lee, whose grandparents are featured in the exhibit, is the coauthor (with Judy Yung) of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Saturday, December 1, 2012

CFP: Women's History in the Digital World

Check out the Call for Papers for the Women's History in the Digital World conference to be held at Bryn Mawr College, March 22-23, 2013. The keynote speaker will be Laura Mandell, Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, and Professor of English at Texas A&M. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

WNYC Radio Audio Preservation and Access Project

WNYC's Archives and Preservation Department is digitizing 660 hours of recordings from the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC collection. Annotations, the NEH preservation project blog, offers highlights from the collection. The following list provides just some of the blog entries that feature women:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Digital Collection: Emma Bell Miles

The Life and Work of Emma Bell Miles 
(University of Tennessee - Chattanooga Library)
Emma Bell Miles (1879-1919) was a naturalist, artist, and writer. This digital collection features photographs of Miles and her family, samples of her artwork, and an excerpt from her personal journal.

Related Sources
The Emma Bell Miles Symposium on Appalachian Culture & Nature was hosted by the UTC Lupton Library and the UTC Department of English. September 2011). The symposium site includes videos of presentations, interactive maps of Chattanooga sites relevant to Emma Bell Miles, and additional resources.

The Spirit of the Mountains and Our Southern Birds are available on the Internet Archive. A facsimile edition of The Spirit of the Mountains, with a forward by Roger D. Abrahams and an introduction by David E. Whisnant, was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 1975.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Discovering American Women's History Online: New features, New URL

The web address for Discovering American Women’s History Online has changed to:

A really nice new feature is that RSS feeds alert users to new records in the database. Users can view these on the website and/or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Other key features:
*Descriptions/links to more than 600 digital collections of primary sources.
*Quick access to basic and advanced searches on every page
*Options for browsing by subject (300+ subject headings), place, time period, and primary source type
*Options for narrowing search results by subject, time period, place, and primary source type

Please update links/bookmarks to the new site if you have links to the previous version of the site:
This previous version has fewer features, about 60 fewer records, and will be replaced with an automatic link to the new site in another month or so.

Please email me ( if you know of relevant digital collections that are not covered in the database, or of other ways to improve the site. 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

C-SPAN Video Library

The C-SPAN Video Library offers a wealth of programs that feature historians, archivists, and curators.
Here's a small selection of programs from the last two years or so:

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on LIfe (Oct. 3, 2011)
The Legend and Influence of the First Ladies (Nov. 15, 2011)
Sewall-Belmont House and Museum Tour (Nov. 5, 2010)
Women Trailblazers in the Law - Oral History Project (April 22, 2010)