OI Reader: Digital Scholarship

Excellence, Innovation, Scholarship.

Since 2014, the OI Reader has given the Omohundro Institute a platform for publishing not only a digital edition of the William and Mary Quarterly but also additional digital projects that expand our understanding of early American history intellectually, conceptually and rhetorically. Now we are excited to share that we will be launching a revamped version of the OI Reader in early 2020.

In addition to the full text of the WMQ each issue, the new OI Reader will feature:

  • high resolution images that enlarge
  • audio samples
  • videos
  • special interactive content
  • a note-taking function that helps you capture your thoughts on each article in the WMQ
  • a selection of new and classic WMQ essays as well as all new issues of the journal beginning with October 2019
  • The capability to save articles and issues of the WMQ to your personal library for easy access.
  • ‘Born-Digital’ articles published exclusively on the new platform
  • Supplemental materials for Doing History, the OI’s podcast about how historians work.

We think you will enjoy reading the WMQ and other content in the new app when it launches in 2020. Until then, we have partnered with scholars Rachel Wheeler and Sarah Eyerly to produce a special digital version of their article “Singing Box 331: Re-sounding Eighteenth-Century Mohican Hymns from the Moravian Archives,” which appears in the October 2019 issue of the WMQ. This digital version of the article contains audio and video supplements throughout and features a non-linear navigation structure to encourage readers to explore the materials as they wish. Click the link below to access the article.

October 2019 WMQ Digital Materials:
January 2020 WMQ Digital Materials:

New forms of presentation often inspire new ways of thinking. At the WMQ we are interested in both these innovations.

If you have an unpublished article about an early American topic that incorporates digital elements or features, we would love to hear about it. Please contact me at japiker@wm.edu to discuss the OI Reader and the WMQ’s submission process.

— Joshua Piker, Editor
William and Mary Quarterly