Papers of the War Department 1784-1800

On the night of November 8, 1800, fire devastated the United States War Office, consuming the papers, records, and books stored there. Two weeks later, Secretary of War Samuel Dexter lamented in a letter that “All the papers in my office [have] been destroyed.” For the past two centuries, the official records of the War […]

Papers of the War Department 1784-1800 come to CHNM

The Center for History and New Media and the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University are pleased to announce the award of a grant from National Historical Publications and Records Commission to bring the innovative electronic archive Papers of the War Department 1784-1800 to Fairfax. Ultimately, the project will make more […]

RRCHNM’s Custom API for Data-Driven Projects

RRCHNM is a shop that is more and more working on computational history and historical data visualization. But we are also first and foremost a web shop: ever since Roy Rosenzweig saw the potential of the internet and left CD ROMs behind, we’ve been committed to delivering history via people’s web browsers. Those two commitments […]

Mapping the University

Mapping the University is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research project that will analyze Virginia campus histories using university archives, digital mapping, and aerial photographs. As universities across the U.S. reckon with their institutional histories—including difficult histories of slavery, exclusion, segregation and bias in higher education—it is essential to examine how these histories left traces on the physical […]

Transcribing Structured Data with the DataScribe Module for Omeka S

by Janet Hammond DataScribe is an Omeka S module that helps ease laboriously detailed transcription work. Created at RRCHNM and funded by the NEH, this module allows users to complete a two-step process. The first is to craft transcription forms for structured data, which is particularly useful when transcribing historical forms and other highly structured documents. (Greta Swain’s […]

Jessica Otis Receives Major NSF Grant

RRCHNM Professor and Director of Public Projects Jessica Otis has been awarded $443,425 from the NSF to support her digital work on the history of the plague in early modern London. The project, called “Assessing the Arithmetic of Early Modern London’s Bills of Mortality,” involves the creation, publication and computational analysis of a dataset of […]

Jessica Mack Receives Grant for Project on Universities and Power

Our postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Jessica Mack, has received funding from the 4VA consortium for her digital project Mapping the University: A Digital Resource for Studying Virginia Campus Histories. Her project is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research project that will analyze the histories of Virginia campuses using university archives, digital mapping, and aerial photographs.  Mapping the University […]

Mills Kelly honored by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz for teaching excellence

Mills Kelly, the executive director of RRCHNM and a leading expert on the scholarship of teaching and learning for history, has been an honored guest at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz the past two weeks. Kelly has been in residence at the university, and has been honored in a ceremony signing the university’s Golden Book. The […]

Advisory Board Members

Stephen Brier, Ph.D. (Chair) Dr. Stephen Brier is a Professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His areas of research and interests include U.S. education, labor, and social history; digital humanities, digital history, educational technology, digital pedagogy. As a professor in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, Dr. Brier teaches courses on […]

AHA/Roy Rosenzweig Prize

The Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History is sponsored jointly by the American Historical Association (AHA) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University. This nonresidential prize is awarded annually to honor and support work on an innovative and freely available new media project, and in particular for work that […]