From its first session, Congress concerned itself with the publication of its own proceedings.By 1815, a definite set of publication types along with a schema for numbering volumes and publications had been established.The challenge of finding references in those volumes became the pursuit of several different attempts to index the rapidly expanding body of material.
At the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Readex vice president Remmel Nunn shared his expertise on “Ethnic Studies in the Digital Age.” Drawing from the Archive of Americana and other resources, he presented multiple examples of how recently digitized materials have opened new doors for researchers. Remmel demonstrated how specific newspaper articles have provided fresh insight into such topics as the Emancipation Proclamation, the “Prayer of Twenty Millions,” and Lincoln’s colonization plans for African Americans. He also illustrated how new perspectives on the Civil War have arisen through the digitization of newspapers like The Black Warrior, a paper published by Black soldiers in the Union Army.
Remmel also discussed the creation of new bibliographies, collection development challenges, oral history trends, and more. I hope you’ll appreciate the slides shown, which include compelling examples of the kind of historical images that are emerging as essential primary sources.
A University of Pennsylvania sophomore and his mentor Prof. David Barnes collaborated on an original research project that utilized Early American Newspapers. A resulting book will help correct long-standing understandings about contagion, quarantine and related topics, as described in this July 2013 news release from Penn:
Penn Student and Mentor Dig Deep Into the History of the Philadelphia Lazaretto