UNC History Community,
Happy fall break everyone! We hope you get to take the next few days to rest and step away from work for a bit. In the meantime, here is some digital history news to take with you.
1. The Deaf Printers Pages: In commemoration of the deaf employees that formally worked in the production of The Washington Post, the Deaf Printers Pages strive to digitally preserve their stories and histories. Their research spans the twentieth century, recording a general history of printing, communities of deaf workers at The Post, and how the company both succeeded in and failed to accommodate employees’ disabilities. Eighteen former printers gathered to share their stories and “selected photographs, videos, objects, and other source materials.” Visit the project here.
2. Atlas of Drowned Towns: Boise State University associate professor Bob H. Reinhardt recently received a grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue his research on “the dozens of communities in the American West inundated by dam construction in the twentieth century.” The digital project covers the years between 1920 and 1980 to document how urban progress, using a collection of interactive maps and encouraging visitors to share their own knowledge. Check out the interactive maps here.
3. Colored Conventions Project: The Colored Conventions Project seeks to document “A cornerstone of Black organizing in the nineteenth century,” the series of gatherings and conventions held by African Americans beginning in 1830. The digital platform gives visitors access to numerus exhibits and records pertaining to these cradles of the civil and human rights movements. Find out more about their work here.
Make sure to contact the Digital History Lab if there are any skills you want to learn, need support with your own digital history projects, or are interested in our podcast!
Thanks for reading,
The DHL Team (Cameron, Dustin, Madeleine, & Sarah)