Category Archives: Digital Project Reviews

American Bandstand and the Nicest Kids in Town

Project Citation:  “The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia” URL: http://nicestkids.com/nehvectors/nicest-kids/index Summary: “The Nicest Kids in Town” looks at the early history of American Bandstand which is noted … Continue reading

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“Hidden Figures” might be an understatement…

Project and Purpose:  The purpose of Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938, was to digitize a large record of personal accounts of slavery, which culminated in over 2,300 records and 500 black and white photographs … Continue reading

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Silent Race Films Have Never Been So Visible

The Early African American Film Digital Project: Destiny Jones Summary: The Early African American Film digital project is a website and database containing a record of people, films, and film companies that have been involved in the production of silent … Continue reading

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False Memories of Anti-Racism: The Remembrance of American Bandstand

Summary The Nicest Kids in Town was created by Matthew Delmont, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College.  The project appears to be a digitized version of his 2012 book of the same title.  The work begins … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia and Segregationist Reality of American Bandstand

The Nice Kinds in Town is a digital “companion” to American Studies professor Matthew Delmont’s book, The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock n’ Roll and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia. (1) Delmont briefly summarizes his … Continue reading

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A Confusing and Promising Historical Exploration: A Review of “Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth”

“Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth” (http://archives.ubalt.edu/bsr/index.html) is a digital project directed by the University of Baltimore in 2008. This project was a spin-off of a series of scholarly conferences for the 40th anniversary of the assasination of Martin Luther King … Continue reading

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Linked Jazz: Hookin’ Up The Hep Cats

URL: https://linkedjazz.org  OVERVIEW: Linked Jazz was initiated in 2011 by a group of digital scholars at the Pratt Institute in New York led by M. Christina Pattuelli. Objectives per their website:  “Linked Jazz is a research project investigating the application … Continue reading

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Untying The Knotted Line

Project Overview The Knotted Line is an “interactive, tactile laboratory for exploring the historical relationship between freedom and confinement in the geographic area of the United States.” Miniature paintings provide points of entry for participants to access materials that encourage … Continue reading

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Little Black Girls: Seriously

The Black Girlhood Project was started by Sondra Bickham Washington, a PhD candidate from the University of Alabama, who is working on her dissertation about little black girls in literature. The website is “designed to encourage further academic and artistic consideration … Continue reading

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How Do You Digitize Hundreds of Thousands of Records? Crowd-Sourcing

On March 21, 2018, the African-American Civil War Soldiers Project was launched.  Their goal was to transcribe documents from the National Archives for over 200,000 African-American soldiers who served in the Civil War in order to “restore these freedom fighters … Continue reading

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