WMQ  &   EMSI Workshop—Archives-based Digital Projects in Early America

May 18–19, 2018 • The Huntington Library

Introduction | Program: May 18 • May 19

The WMQ-EMSI Workshop Series is designed to identify and encourage new trends in our understanding of the history and culture of early North America. It fosters intellectual exchange among scholars working on thematically related topics that may be chronologically, geographically, or methodologically diverse. This year, we will convene a group working in digital library and archival projects from around #VastEarlyAmerica to discuss platforms, scholar—library collaborations, and new potential for technical and institutional linkages. This year’s workshop is convened by Molly O’Hagan Hardy, outgoing Director for Digital and Book History Initiatives at the American Antiquarian Society and incoming Librarian at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

“Archives-based Digital Projects in Early America” will bring together eight scholars and their projects for two intense days of conversation about pre-circulated materials.

The group will gather to reflect on methodologies and tools, to discuss needs and opportunities for digital labor, and to consider more broadly how digital work can be most useful to producers and users of the resources we build. We are bringing together leaders on projects that we consider exemplary for their cooperation with special collections, for their scholarly impact, for their innovative uses of technology, and for the project leaders’ congenial spirits. Each of the seven invited scholars and projects share these characteristics; they differ in their stages of development, in the types of archival materials they are using, and in the data they are producing. It is our hope that this balance of sameness and difference will result in lively and meaningful exchange.

Requests for registration and access to the workshop papers should be sent to Kelly Crawford (kscraw@wm.edu).

The WMQ-EMSI Workshops are sponsored by the University of Southern California-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (with financial support from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and are hosted by the Huntington Library and the University of Southern California.