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Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit

The Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit is an annual gathering of scholars, librarians, archivists, technologists, museum curators, and students who are engaged in the creation of digital archives and integrated research platforms. The Summit aims to highlight innovative projects and methodological frameworks in the Commonwealth of Virginia by fostering a collaborative dialogue among its participants. The Summit is an ideal forum for demonstrating advanced projects, conceptualizing new initiatives, and everything in between. 

This year's summit will be hosted by the Library of Virginia in Richmond, VA on December 6, 2019.


8:30 — Coffee & Welcoming Remarks

  • Kathleen Jordan, Library of Virginia
  • Loren Moulds, University of Virginia Law Library

9:00 — 10:15

Virginia Untold: African American Narratives at the Library of Virginia

Narratives of people revealed from the work of ongoing projects using state and local records, papers, and newspapers housed at the Library of Virginia

  • Errol Somay, Library of Virginia, Director, Virginia Newspaper Project<
  • Greg Crawford, Library of Virginia, Local Records Program Manager
  • Tracy Harter, Library of Virginia, Senior Local Records Archivist
  • Vincent Brooks (Moderator) Library of Virginia, Senior Local Records Archivist

10:15 - 10:30 — Break

10:30 — 11:45

Show & Tell: New and Upcoming Digital Projects from Around Virginia

Jessica H. Ritchie, Old Dominion University

History on Screen: An Overview of ODU Libraries’ Pilot Project to Digitize 600 News Films

Mark Edwin Peterson, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Scattered Leaves: Comparing the Availability and Searchability of the Wilson and Roosevelt Papers

Lindsey M. Chervinsky, White House Historical Association

Slavery in the Presidents Neighborhood: A New Resource and Database

Jeannine Keefer, University of Richmond

East End Collaboratory Digital Archive

  • Randall Flaherty (Moderator), University of Virginia School of Law

11:45 - 1:15 — Lunch

Hit the streets for lunch in lovely Richmond

1:15 — 2:15

The Stories We Tell: Complicating Institutional Narratives Through Archival Expansion

Moderated panel considering differing methodologies for expanding institutional archives and the stories an institution tells about itself using the University of Richmond’s Race and Racism Project

  • Shira Greer
  • Meghan Melkote
  • Jisu Song
  • Nicole Maurantonio (Moderator)

2:15 - 2:25 — Break

2:25 — 3:25

Community-Engaged Learning through Oral Histories and Community Archives

  • Kevin Hegg, James Madison University Libraries
  • Kirsten Mlodynia, James Madison University Libraries
  • Bodeene Amyot, James Madison University Libraries & University of Oregon Libraries

3:25 - 3:35 — Break

3:35— 4:35

Positioning Digital Archives as Scholarly Endeavor

Benjamin Brands, George Mason University

Letters Home: The Jerome Epstein Papers, Digital Archives, and Public History

Robert K. Nelson, University of Richmond

Between the Argumentative and the Archival

  • Loren Moulds (Moderator), University of Virginia School of Law

4:45 — 5:15

Lightning Round & Closing Remarks

Institutionalized: Reappraising Documentation of Enslaved Individuals at George Mason University's Special Collections Research Center

Amanda Brent, George Mason University Libraries

The Good, the Bad, and the Hate Mail: The Challenges and Merits of Digitizing C-SPAN Records 

Kelsey M. Kim, George Mason University Libraries

3 minute informal presentations, open to all attendees.

Sponsoring Organization(s):

December 6, 2019 8:30 am to 5:15 pm

Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Event type: Conference