Roy Rosenzweig Prize Recipients

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 reflects thoughtful, critical, and rigorous engagement with technology and the practice of history.

2020

Elaine Sullivan, Constructing the Sacred: Visibility and Ritual Landscape at the Egyptian Necropolis of Saqqara (Stanford Univ. Press)

A 3D reconstruction of a burial site in Saqqara, Egypt showing how pyramids are being built over time.
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.

2019

Robert K. Nelson, Justin Madron, Nathaniel Ayers, and Edward Ayers, American Panorama: An Atlas of United States History

American Panorama, An Atlas of United States History. Black and White image of open grass field.
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.

2018

Adam Clulow and Tom Chandler, Virtual Angkor

3D render of main bridge entrance to Angkor Wat
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.

2017

Keisha Blain and Ibram KendiBlack Perspectives

Image of Black Perspectives website, featuring a main article about "Excavating the History of Afro-Brazilian Women"
Black Perspectives is the award-winning blog of the 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.

2016

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)

The Great Migration: An American Odyssey. Image of port signs showing boats' departure times and destinations.
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.

2015

South Asian American Digital ArchiveThe First Days Project

First Days Project website
What's your story?
The First Days Project shares 549 stories of immigrants' first days in the United States.

"My first impression was that it looked like a fairy tale... I felt a sense of freedom, though there was both fear and joy in the back of my mind."
READ SARMISTHA'S STORY
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.

2014

Kansas City Public LibraryCivil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1854-1865

The Kansas City Public Library
Civil War on the Western Border
THE MISSOURI-KANSAS CONFLICT 1854-1865
Discover the Civil War's legacy in the Greater Kansas City region
Recipient of four major historical awards
Featuring a Foreword on the Civil War in Kansas City by Rick Montgomery
View original photos, letters, and maps from partner organizations
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.

2013

Woodrow Wilson International Center for ScholarsDigital Archive: International History Declassified, History and Public Policy Program

An overview of Digital Archive: International History Declassified website. International History Declassified.
The left column shows recently added documents. The middle column shows features collections. The right column shows the welcome page explaining what the archive's objectives and goals are.
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.

2012

Univ. of Minnesota, Twin CitiesClarence Darrow Digital Collection, Univ. of Minnesota Law Library

An overview of The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection website, featuring photos of him with his family.
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.

2011

New York Public LibraryWhat’s on the Menu?, a project of NYPL Labs. Ben Vershbow, project dir.; Rebecca Federman, project curator; and Michael Inman, project curator

2010

DocSouthGoing to the Show, Robert C. Allen, scholarly advisor; Natasha Smith, principal investigator; Elise Moore and Adrienne MacKay, project managers

Going to the Show website
Mapping Moviegoing in North Carolina

An image of "Movies 'Over the Waves' at Lumina Theatre, Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, N.C., 1931" in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Going to the Show documents and illuminates the experience of movies and moviegoing in North Carolina from the introduction of projected motion pictures (1896) to the end of the silent film era (circa 1930).

Through its innovative use of more than 750 Sanborn® Fire Insurance maps of forty-five towns and cities between 1896 and 1922, the project situates early moviegoing within the experience of urban life in the state's big cities and small towns. It highlights the ways that race conditioned the experience of moviegoing for all North Carolinians- white, African American, and American Indian. Its collection inventories every known N.C. African American movie theater in operation between 1908 and 1963.

Supporting its documentation of more than 1300 movie venues across 200 communities is a searchable archive of thousands of contemporaneous artifacts: newspaper ads and articles, photographs, postcards, city directories, and 150 original architectural drawings.
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.

2009

Univ. of SydneyDigital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915-1930, Stephen Robertson, Shane White, Stephen Garton, and Graham White

An overview of Digital Harlem website, showing a Google Map view or the area, as well as key legends such as churches, sports, numbers arrests, January 1925, and Nightlife.
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.