October 24, 2019
An invitation to collaborate
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The Omohundro Institute is pleased to sponsor a fellowship with the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon for the digitization and interpretation of records related to the American Founding Era. Similar to the OI’s Digital Collections fellowship, the program aims to bring archivists, librarians and scholars together for work that benefits the entire community of early Americanists.
Applications for the OI–Mount Vernon Fellowships for Digital Collections are due NOVEMBER 1 via this website.
by Jim Ambuske
The historian’s craft is a collaborative enterprise. For all of the long days and quiet nights we spend laboring in the archives or in front of computer screens, many of our best insights, discoveries, and claims rest on contributions from our colleagues.
This is especially true in the digital realm. Collaboration
has long been a hallmark of the digital humanities and digital history, which
leverages the expertise of humanists and technologists to produce new knowledge
about the past or create the means to do so.
That is why the Washington Library at Mount Vernon is very
excited to collaborate with the Omohundro Institute to offer the OI-Mount
Vernon Fellowships for Digital Collections in the American Founding Era. The
OI-Mount Vernon Fellowship builds on the OI’s leadership in digital history and
its efforts to create digital collections that enrich our understanding of Vast
Early America. By offering grants to foster new research into the American
Revolution and Early Republic, our goal is to inspire partnerships between
scholars and archival repositories that lead to the digitization of primary
sources from the Founding Era.
The OI-Mount Vernon Fellowship has three main objectives:
support scholarly work, aid in the digital preservation of rare materials, and
broaden access to sources that raise new questions about the late eighteenth
century. True, an individual person alone could perform these tasks, but all
preservation and scholarly work involves considerable labor, time, and expense.
Creating a collaborative space backed by meaningful
financial support in which librarians, archivists, and scholars share knowledge
and resources to accomplish something greater—and hopefully unexpected—is at
this fellowship’s heart. The Washington
Library is delighted to join with the OI in an effort to explore the Vast World
of the Founding Generation.
Jim Ambuske, Ph.D.
The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington