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The HistoryMakers Digital Archive provides a deep research and teaching resource for college curricula in a variety of disciplines, particularly in its applicability to the study of Black intellectual history (including ongoing research on the current state of Black Studies through case studies), and the interdisciplinary study of the African American Experience.

The autobiographical sketches in the Digital Archive demonstrate the profound achievements of African Americans across virtually all fields and aspects of American life, including science, the arts and entertainment, politics, literature, the military, and the academy. As a digital video database currently containing over 2,600 interviews (nearly 10,000 hours of interview footage), The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is the largest primary resource documenting the impact of African Americans on American history and culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The HistoryMakers Digital Archive also offers a more varied scope and comprehensive coverage than other African American biographical collections. Because the oral history interviews in the Digital Archive highlight the accomplishments of African Americans from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, it provides a unique resource for exploring African American life and culture and the broad range of African American contributions and responses to the historical events of the 20th and 21st centuries. Moreover, the African American experience documented in the Digital Archive provides insight on the attitudes, beliefs, and structures of American society overall.

Members of The HistoryMakers Teaching & Learning Committee represent faculty and administrators from a broad range of subject areas and disciplines. Ranging from academic deans to professional organization administrators and doctoral fellows, the Teaching & Learning Committee seeks to frame The HistoryMakers interaction with scholars and its engagement with trends and concerns in the scholarly arena.

Projects of the Teaching & Learning Committee have included the integration of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into courses at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the University of Richmond on African American experiences with the law, Sociology, and classical theatre, respectively. Examples can be browsed, by subject discipline, under RESEARCH & INSTRUCTION.

American Historical Association

-James Grossman, Executive Director

Arkansas State University

-Cherisse Jones-Branch, James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History

Boston University

-Walter Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership

-Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor, Sociology and African American Studies

-Susan Mizruchi, Director, BU Center for the Humanities

Brandeis University

-Anita Hill, University Professor of Social Policy, Law and Women's Studies

-Joel Christensen, Associate Professor of Classics

-Karen V. Hansen, Professor of Sociology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Carnegie Mellon University

-Shawn Alfonso-Wells, Adjunct Professor of History

-Richard Scheines, Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences

-Steven Schlossman, Professor of History, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dominican University

-Donna Carroll, President

-Douglas Keberlein Gutierrez, Associate Professor – History

-Chavella T. Pittman, Associate Professor of Sociology

Emory University

-Kali-Ahset Amen, Assistant Director, James Weldon Johnson Institute

-Michelle Y. Gordon, Senior Lecturer in the Department of African American Studies

-Dwight McBride, Provost

Florida Memorial University

-Tameka Bradley-Hobbs, Assistant Professor of History

Harvard University

-Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy

-Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies

Howard University

-Greg Carr, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department

-Lorenzo Morris, Professor of Political Science

Johnson C. Smith University

-Marsha Rhee, Associate Professor of English, Director, Rhetoric & Writing

Lesley University

-Kazuyo Kubo, Associate Professor

New York University

-David Levering Lewis, Professor Emeritus

-Pamela Newkirk, Professor, Journalism

Northwestern University

-Jonathan Holloway, Provost             

Rice University

-Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Associate Director, Programs for the Center for Civic Leadership

Savannah State University

-Kisha Cunningham, Assistant Professor, School of Teacher Education

Simmons College

-Janie Ward, Professor and Department Chair, Africana Studies

-Jessica Parr, Lecturer of History

Smith College

-Paula Giddings, Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor Emerita of Africana Studies

Texas Southern University

-Brittany Slatton, Professor of Sociology

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

-Kevin Butler, Associate Professor of History

University of Illinois at Chicago

-Jane Rhodes, Department Head, Professor of African American Studies

University of Richmond

-Patrice Rankine, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences & Professor, Classics

Virginia Commonwealth University

-Nicole M. Turner, Assistant Professor, Department of History

SYLLABI, LESSON PLANS & ASSIGNMENTS

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Classics

Joel Christensen/Zachary Elliott – African American Experiences & The Classics

Joel Christensen, associate professor of Classical Studies at Brandeis University, was part of a cohort of three professors who received special faculty fellowship funding from Brandeis Provost Lisa Lynch to integrate The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into an existing course. He used the archives as a means to explore the impact of the Classics on the black community, with the ultimate goal of trying to both understand and resolve the lack of diversity in his discipline.  He, and MA candidate Zachary Elliott, published a series of blog posts about the work, in addition to presenting at the annual meeting for the Society for Classical Studies.  This project is reflective of a research-based application of the archives.

Christensen and Elliott’s blog can be found here: https://sententiaeantiquae.com/2017/01/27/an-introduction-to-thehistorymakers-project/

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Law

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham – “African American Lives and the Law”

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, actively utilizes The HistoryMakers Digital Archive in her seminar course “African American Lives and the Law.” Higginbotham folded The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into her course as a means of introducing personal stories and narratives that would provide context for the legal issues discussed in the class. Course topics such as voting rights, reparations, housing discrimination, and policing are all linked to interviews in The HistoryMakers Digital Archive, adding another dimension to student’s textbook understanding of the material.

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Sociology

Karen Hansen – “Gender, Race, and Class”

Karen Hansen, professor of sociology and women's, gender and sexuality Studies and director of the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, was part of a cohort of three professors who received special faculty fellowship funding from Brandeis Provost Lisa Lynch to integrate The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into an existing course. Hansen has now folded the resource into two graduate level sociology courses – “Gender, Class, and Race” and “Families, Kinship, and Sexuality” – using The HistoryMakers content to help students develop their analytical skills when engaging with primary sources and oral histories.  

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English

Michael D. Hill - "Selected American Authors"

Michael D. Hill, an associate professor of English and African American studies at the University of Iowa, pulled The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into a course assignment requiring his students to examine how author Toni Morrison looks at how family expectations impact individual identity. Hill directed his students to reference The HistoryMakers in a written essay, but also designed a hands-on research activity for his students, digging into The HistoryMakers Digital Archive, and conducting additional searches to better understand the context each HistoryMaker is speaking in.

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Library Science

Lynda Kachurek - University of Richmond Digital Archive Use Report

Lynda Kachurek, Head of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boatwright Memorial Library at the University of Richmond, wanted to engage students in her Management of Historical Collections class, who themselves are future curators and archivists, with a real-life scenario: often in museums and archives there are oral history projects where the work of the project has been completed (stories have been collected), but the products are subsequently left behind as they are not transcribed or described; both of which hamper any real research potential.  Students in her class had to find ways to bring research potential to these types of collections by curating stories from The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into either a thematic story, a lesson plan, or a subject guide that provides research value.

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History

Marya R. Levenson

Marya Levenson, the Harry S. Levitan Director of Teacher Education and professor of the practice of education at Brandeis University, was part of a cohort of three professors who received special faculty fellowship funding from Brandeis Provost Lisa Lynch to integrate The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into an existing course. Levenson’s project aimed at working with the history department chairs of two local high schools: Weston High School and Waltham High School. Levenson directed the four teachers from these schools who agreed to participate in her project to meet for a professional development day to explore and discuss the contents of the archive, and then to plan lessons they could realistically implement in the coming semester with their students.  They later reported their feedback on both their and their students’ experiences with the archives, and overall thoughts on using it as a teaching and learning tool. 

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History

Liesl Orenic - HistoryMakers in Context

Liesl Orenic, professor of history and department chair at Dominican University, crafted “HistoryMakers in Context” for her course “African American History Since 1877.” Orenic’s students were tasked with identifying three interviews in The HistoryMakers Digital Archive that reflected a chosen topic, and to produce an annotated bibliography and essay using the interviews as a major source. Students chose topics ranging from the integration of Major League baseball, the Little Rock Nine, busing, fashion, politics, women activists, entrepreneurship, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington. In future iterations, Professor Orenic plans to tie the assignment more directly to local topics, drawing on the large number of Chicagoans featured in The HistoryMakers Digital Archive.

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Business

Linda Stoller - Real Estate & Society Affordable Housing

Linda Stoller, Senior Lecturer at the International Business School at Brandeis University, utilized the archive in the context of her undergraduate Real Estate and Society course.  Her students were studying affordable housing conceptually as well as affordable housing policy.  In an effort to help humanize the problem and develop empathy in her students, she used the archive as a means of exploring the differences between the concept of affordable housing and its historic application as “public housing”.  Her students explored the stigma, entrenched poverty and crime associated with the latter.

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Internships and Fellowships

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

Description:

The HistoryMakers – the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive – invites applications for one of four $7,500 Academic Research Fellowship awards created from funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for the period of Summer 2019 (April–September 2019). Submission is open to: 1) faculty at all stages of their careers, and 2) graduate students who have passed their general examinations. Applicant’s work must use or be inspired by content from The HistoryMakers Digital Archive.

The HistoryMakers Academic Research Fellowship awards will be awarded to faculty or graduate students pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients will produce articles, websites, blogs, digital materials, lesson plans and syllabi, conference presentations/papers, and/or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Award funds are meant to enable recipients to set aside time for writing; and provide funding for research, travel, and project support. The fellowship awards are expected to culminate in the realization and presentation of the proposed work, as well as its presentation. Finished products generated by awardees will be featured on The HistoryMakers website, and will compete for inclusion in The HistoryMakers 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Library of Congress (November 6-7, 2020).

Eligibility:

Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students who have passed their general examinations, or current faculty at one of The HistoryMakers subscribing institutions (see below). Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents. Applicants need not have special expertise in African American history.    

Fellowship Duration: April 2019 – September 2019

Award Amount: $7,500

CLICK HERE for more details, and to submit a proposal for the 2019 Academic Research Fellowship Award.

FOR INQUIRIES please contact thmfellows@gmail.com

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

Description:

The HistoryMakers – the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive – invites proposals for one of two $5,000 Creative Study Fellowship awards created from funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for the period of April–November 2019. Submission is open to both established and emerging artists (faculty and students) at all stages of their careers. Applicants work must use or be inspired by content from The HistoryMakers Digital Archive.

The HistoryMakers Creative Study Fellowship awards will be awarded to composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers or other kinds of artists or humanists working in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction), performance (theatrical productions, documentaries, monologues), visual/conceptual arts (painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic art, experience-based art), and poetry, to enable recipients to set aside time for writing; provide research, travel, and project support. The fellowship awards are expected to culminate in the realization and presentation of the proposed work, as well as its presentation. Finished products generated by awardees will be featured on The HistoryMakers website, and will compete for inclusion in The HistoryMakers 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Library of Congress (November 6-7, 2020).

Eligibility:

Applicants must be currently enrolled students or faculty members at one of The HistoryMakers subscribing institutions (see below). Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents. Applicants need not have special expertise in African American history.

Fellowship Duration: April 2019 – November 2019

Award Amount: $5,000

CLICK HERE for more details, and to submit a proposal for the 2019 Creative Study Fellowship Award.

FOR INQUIRIES please contact thmfellows@gmail.com

Application Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019

Description:

The purpose of The Margaret B. Richardson Education Summer Fellowship is to provide a ten-week summer opportunity to students interested in pairing historical research with education through K-12 programming. The Margaret B. Richardson Education Summer Fellowship is open to undergraduate students in their junior or senior years of a four-year accredited university; majoring in education, history, African American studies, or a humanities related field. Further application eligibility and guidelines below.

The requirements for consideration are:

- Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

- Demonstrated interest in education, history, African American studies, or a humanities related field. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, or through a personal statement in application essay.

- Demonstrated interest in archive administration and management.

- GPA of 3.50 or higher

Internship Duration: 10 weeks from start date

Stipend: $5,000

Lodging: Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the intern.

CLICK HERE for more details, and to submit an application for the Margaret B. Richardson Education Summer Fellowship

FOR INQUIRIES please contact thminterns@gmail.com

Application Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019

Description:

The purpose of The Amy T. Billingsley HBCU Summer Fellowship is to expose undergraduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to opportunities in the fields of public history, oral history, African American studies, archival and library sciences. This Summer Fellowship is open to any interested student in his or her junior or senior year at a four-year historically black college or university.   Relevant majors include history, African American studies, archival or library sciences, or a humanities related field.  See further application eligibility and guidelines below.

The requirements for consideration are:

- Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

- Currently enrolled in junior or senior year at a four-year historically black college or university

- Demonstrated interest in history, African American studies, archival or library sciences, or a humanities related field.  Such interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, or through a personal statement in application essay.

- Demonstrated interest in research, archive administration and/or management.

- GPA of 3.50 or higher

- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Internship Duration: 10 weeks from start date

Stipend: $5,000

Lodging: Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the intern.

CLICK HERE for more details, and to submit an application for the Amy T. Billingsley HBCU Summer Fellowship

FOR INQUIRIES please contact thminterns@gmail.com

Application Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019

Description:

The purpose of The Toni Cook Bush Summer Legal Fellowship is to provide a summer opportunity in the areas of internet/intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on the following: Digital content law, Rights and copyright law, Assisting The HistoryMakers with evaluating its legal structure and Assessing and handling The HistoryMakers legal cases.

The Toni Cook Bush Summer Legal Fellowship is open to any interested candidates at least in their junior or senior years at a four-year accredited university; majoring in public policy, history, African American studies, archival or library sciences, or a humanities related field.

The requirements for consideration are:

- Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

- Demonstrated interest in internet/intellectual property law, content, rights, and/or copyright law. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, or through a personal statement in application essay.

- Demonstrated interest in research, archive administration and management.

- GPA of 3.50 or higher

- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Internship Duration: 10 weeks from start date

Stipend: $5,000

Lodging: Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the intern.

CLICK HERE for more details, and to submit an application for the Toni Cook Bush Legal Summer Fellowship

FOR INQUIRIES please contact thminterns@gmail.com

Application Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019

Description:

The purpose of The Clarence Avant Civic Summer Fellowship is to use The HistoryMakers collection as a catalyst to make a difference – locally and nationally, and to deepen the Fellow’s understanding of civic/social issues, or the nature of civic engagement, through research on civic leaders and policymakers in The HistoryMakers Digital Archive and collection. The Clarence Avant Civic Summer Fellowship is open to any interested candidates in their junior or senior years at a four-year accredited university, majoring in public policy, history, African American studies, archival or library sciences, or a humanities related field. Further application eligibility and guidelines below.

The requirements for consideration are:

- Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

- Demonstrated interest in public policy, history, African American studies, archival or library sciences, or a humanities related field. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, or through a personal statement in application essay.

- Demonstrated commitment to service and community building shown through past experiences.

- GPA of 3.50 or higher

- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Internship Duration: 10 weeks from start date

Stipend: $5,000

Lodging: Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the intern.

CLICK HERE for more details, and to submit an application for the Clarence Avant Civic Summer Fellowship

FOR INQUIRIES please contact thminterns@gmail.com