Projects

Born Unfree

Born Unfree is a participatory archive that allows historians, students, and the general public to collaborate in the creation of detailed biographical profiles, discussions, teaching materials, and (most especially) mapping applications devoted to the 2300 ex-slaves interviewed by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.

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Digital Arts Library Project

The DALP seeks to acquire, catalog, and preserve legacy computers and video game systems as well as a collection of electronic literature pieces, digital interactive narrative pieces, and video games themselves in order to support research and teaching programs in digital arts. The Library will make available to faculty and students a variety of gaming platforms, computers, and virtual machines, as well a library of computer games and pieces of electronic literature that reflects the history of the Electronic Arts since the early 1980s in different cultural contexts, including the history of French video games.

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Georgia Virtual History Project (GVHP)

The Georgia Virtual History Project is an effort to use new and interactive technologies to tell the history of the state and make it available to multiple audiences, from eighth-graders and the general public to college students and academic professionals. GVHP is an effort by faculty in various departments at UGA, as well as community members, educators, and high school students in several counties across the state. It has been supported by grants from various local historical societies, the Putnam County Charter School System, and the Georgia Humanities Council.

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IndianNation

When Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492, there were 8 million Native Americans living in the territory that today comprises they United States. By 1900, there were only 237,000. The Native population had reached its lowest point. Today’s Native Americans trace their ancestry to these survivors. IndianNation collects their stories.

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Linguistic Atlas Project

The LAP is the oldest and largest American research project to survey how people speak differently across the country. The primary outlet for Atlas research is the Linguistic Atlas website, www.lap.uga.edu. Current work on the Atlas involves 1) digitization of all Atlas materials as text, audio, and image files; 2) creation of text-encoding and presentation format for Atlas interviews which will allow for linked text, sound, images, maps, and analytical information for a wide range of users in the LICHEN multimodal software platform; and 3) advanced methods of analysis for language variation, including GIS. It has received funding from NEH and NSF on numerous occasions.

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Mapping Occupation

Mapping Occupation, by Gregory P. Downs and Scott Nesbit, captures the regions where the United States Army could effectively act as an occupying force in the Reconstruction South. For the first time, it presents the basic nuts-and-bolts facts about the Army’s presence, movements that are central to understanding the occupation of the South. That data in turn reorients our understanding of the Reconstruction that followed Confederate surrender. Viewers can use these maps as a guide through a complex period, a massive data source, and a first step in capturing the federal government’s new reach into the countryside.

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People Not Property

People not Property is a collaborative effort between faculty and archivists at the University of Georgia, Clemson University, and UNC-Asheville. It is rooted in several thousand slave records uncovered by digital history students at UGA, and several thousand more uncovered by researchers in Asheville, NC, but is now on track to become the nation’s first database of nearly five million enslaved African Americans. This project will enlist the participation of students, families, and community members as history detectives to track and share information about the people named in these slave deeds and bills of sale, and to explain their research process so that others may follow their example.

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