In order to make the "recent news & updates" section of our website easy to find, and in order to make the appearance of the site more visually appealing, we have launched an update to the look of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School project homepage. We now have a much shorter introductory text to the project positioned right in the center of the page, with a slideshow of select images on the righthand side. Blog entries providing updates on the project or other useful and interesting tidbits are provided just below the introductory text and slideshow. We hope our users will like these changes to the homepage, and we look forward to rolling out some other new looks and capabilities for the website in the coming weeks.
Recent News & Updates
For two weeks in mid-January, a second group of researchers undertook a trip to the National Archives in Washington, DC to continue scanning the student files of those who attended the Carlisle Indian School. Tessa Cicak and Katie Walters, special projects assistants at the Waidner-Spahr Library, and Caitlin Moriarty, Friends of the Library Intern in the College Archives, were able to scan 1,550 more student files comprising more than 16,000 pages of documentation. After adding these to what was completed during last summer's research trip, almost half of the student files have now been scanned.
Tessa, Katie, and Caitlin enjoyed the experience of traveling to D.C. and doing research in the beautiful reading room of the National Archives. Throughout the fall, all three had...Read more
The Carlisle Indian Industrial School digital humanities project received some attention recently, and comments and questions from new visitors to the project’s website have been rolling in ever since. The interest was sparked by a short article in the online publication “Indian Country Today.” Rick Kearns, author of the piece, spoke with the project’s three co-directors back in December, and he felt that a wide audience would be excited to learn about this new online resource. The article was posted on January 10, alerting an interested user community to our activities just as a team of interns arrived in Washington, DC to scan more documents (...Read more
In an effort to share more information about our ongoing progress with the Carlisle Indian Industrial School project, we have decided to launch a blog that will be available on our homepage.
This project began in earnest only 8 months ago, with a team of three making a two-day visit to the U.S. National Archives in Washington, DC to test some workflows with scanners and laptops, and to capture page images from larger ledgers using digital photography. A two-week visit followed in late May and early June, with a research team of four scanning the contents of nearly 2000 student files.
The members of these research teams, along with other interns and project workers, have been processing these scanned documents to make them ready for the website in the months since their...Read more