Digital History at Stanford

Digital History at Stanford is a project supported by the Department of History at Stanford University. The project serves as a platform for digital history projects and provides faculty and students with the methodological skills needed to apply informational and computational technology to the discipline of history.

Digital History at Stanford supports the creation, dissemination, and instruction of digital history for the Department of History.

Digital History at Stanford serves to inform faculty, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, and the broader community about digital history projects emerging from the History Department. Items here will include workshops, digital resource guides, syllabi, courses, and information about student and faculty directed projects.

Digital history seeks to leverage the affordances of digital technology in analyzing historical events in order to create new knowledge. Digital History at Stanford supports digital research and scholarly analysis for faculty and students in the Department of History by providing a space for projects. You can find works in progress, learn more about upcoming events such as workshops and luncheon discussions, and find instructional material used at Stanford.


Current and Recent Projects

African Colonial Employees Project

In order to renew the approach of studies and research on the colonial system, the African Archives project seeks to study the colonial system in Senegal. African Archives is digitizing French colonial records that includes material from agents, administrators, assistants, and interpreters to further understand the operation of colonial administration. Individual records in the National Archives of Senegal are digitized to expand their use to more researchers. Such records have been underutilized in studies of the colonial system.

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Chinese Railroad Workers

Between 1865 and 1869, thousands of Chinese migrants toiled at a grueling pace and in perilous working conditions to help construct America’s First Transcontinental Railroad. The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project seeks to give a voice to the Chinese migrants whose labor on the Transcontinental Railroad helped to shape the physical and social landscape of the American West. The Project coordinates research in the United States and Asia in order to create an on-line digital archive available to all.

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Geography of the Post

From the end of the Civil War until the close of the nineteenth century, the United States Postal System grew into a vast communications network. The Post was one of the century's largest spatial systems, with more than 75,000 offices connecting communities scattered across the continent. Geography of the Post maps this behemoth network on its western periphery: where it spread, how it operated, and its role in shaping the space and place of the region.

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