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 reflects thoughtful, critical, and rigorous engagement with technology and the practice of history.
Elaine Sullivan, Constructing the Sacred: Visibility and Ritual Landscape at the Egyptian Necropolis of Saqqara (Stanford Univ. Press)
The long-lived burial site of Saqqara, Egypt, has been studied for more than a century. But the site we visit today is a palimpsest, the result of thousands of years of change, both architectural and environmental. Elaine A. Sullivan uses 3D technologies to peel away the layers of history at the site, revealing how changes to sight lines, skylines, and vistas at different periods of Saqqara’s millennia-long use influenced sacred ceremonies and ritual meaning at the necropolis.
Robert K. Nelson, Justin Madron, Nathaniel Ayers, and Edward Ayers, American Panorama: An Atlas of United States History
American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps.
The Overland Trails (1840-1860) Renewing Inequality: Family Displacements through Urban Renewal (1950-1966)
Adam Clulow and Tom Chandler, Virtual Angkor
The Virtual Angkor project aims to recreate the sprawling Cambodian metropolis of Angkor at the height of the Khmer empire’s power and influence around 1300. A groundbreaking collaboration between Archaeologists, Historians and Virtual History Specialists, the project is designed to bring Angkor to life.
Keisha Blain and Ibram Kendi, Black Perspectives
is the award-winning blog of the Black Perspectives African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). As engaged scholars, we are deeply committed to producing and disseminating cutting-edge research that is accessible to the public and is oriented towards advancing the lives of people of African descent and humanity. We serve as a medium to advance these critical goals.
West Chester Univ., Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia, Charles Hardy III and Janneken Smucker (West Chester Univ.) and Doug Boyd (Univ. of Kentucky Libraries)
Between 1910 and 1930, the African-American population of Philadelphia skyrocketed, from around 85,000 to nearly 220,000 in the early years of the Great Depression. This massive influx of southern newcomers had a deep and enduring impact on the city. The stories of the individuals—those who left lives behind in the South and ventured north in search of opportunity and equality, pushed out by the increasingly hostile environment of Jim Crow racism—reveal the true impact of this Great Migration north.
South Asian American Digital Archive, The First Days Project
The First Days Project shares stories of immigrants’ and refugees’ first experiences in the United States. Regardless of whether their first day in the country was five, twenty, or forty (or even more) years ago, it is a day that most immigrants remember very vividly. After all, the first day in a new country is so much more than just one day. A first day can be full of excitement, nervousness, loss, humor, sadness, adventure, confusion, and a mixture of many other emotions. A first day both encapsulates what came before and anticipates what will come after.
Kansas City Public Library, Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1854-1865
This website engages Civil War buffs, scholars, students, and local residents in research and discussion on the Missouri-Kansas Border War that shook the region from 1854 to 1865. Through a collaborative effort among libraries, museums, and historical societies across the greater Kansas City region, the project provides free access to selected primary source materials and adds unique interactive features and a thematic layer of original scholarly essays and topical encyclopedia entries.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Digital Archive: International History Declassified, History and Public Policy Program
Constructed and maintained by the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program, the Digital Archive contains newly declassified historical materials from archives around the world—much of it in translation and including diplomatic cables, high level correspondence, meeting minutes and more. The historical documents presented in the ever-expanding Digital Archive provide fresh, unprecedented insights into recent international history. By making new sources available and easily accessible, the Digital Archive serves to deepen and enrich international scholarship, history education, and public policy debate on important global issues and challenges.
Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Clarence Darrow Digital Collection, Univ. of Minnesota Law Library
The site includes an extraordinary collection of personal letters written by and to the great American jurist Clarence Darrow. These letters include correspondence with Darrow’s family members as well as with many other prominent individuals who influenced the development of American law during the first half of the 20th Century. The site contains a rich and unique array of material including trial transcripts, cases, articles, books, photos, and narratives about Clarence Darrow’s life and legal career. This site provides access to a free, publicly accessible Searchable Database of Darrow Cases. Courtesy of Westlaw from Thomson-Reuters, this database contains all published state and federal cases in which Clarence Darrow or his law firm is listed as counsel for one of the parties. The database also contains all published state and federal cases that quote or refer to Clarence Darrow.
New York Public Library, What’s on the Menu?, a project of NYPL Labs. Ben Vershbow, project dir.; Rebecca Federman, project curator; and Michael Inman, project curator
New York Public Library transcribes historical restaurant menus, dish by dish, so that they can be searched by what people were eating back in the day. There are 1,334,708 dishes transcribed from 17,545 menus so far.
DocSouth, Going to the Show, Robert C. Allen, scholarly advisor; Natasha Smith, principal investigator; Elise Moore and Adrienne MacKay, project managers
Going to the Show comprises a searchable database of more than 1200 movie exhibition sites in some 200 North Carolina communities; a collection of contemporaneous artifacts (newspaper ads and articles, photographs, postcards, city directories) illuminating the experience of early moviegoing in N.C.; more than 750 digitized Sanborn® Fire Insurance Map pages reflecting the central business districts of 47 towns and cities between 1896 and 1922; and an interpretive case study of early moviegoing and urban life in Wilmington. It is the first digital library to document and represent the experience of early moviegoing for an entire state, and the first to use film history and the history of moviegoing to illuminate the role of Jim Crow race policies in the urban South.
Univ. of Sydney, Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915-1930, Stephen Robertson, Shane White, Stephen Garton, and Graham White
Digital Harlem is an element of the project, Black Metropolis: Harlem, 1915-1930, which was supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. Unlike most studies of Harlem in the early twentieth century, this project focuses not on black artists and the black middle class, but on the lives of ordinary African New Yorkers. It seeks to capture the range of activities, places, and relationships that made up everyday life, bringing into focus the multiple rhythms that shaped life in Harlem, the repetitive as well as the linear, the daily, weekly and seasonal variations as well as features that characterized the period as a whole.