More than eighty years ago, on March 25, 1931, nine young African Americans hopped a train in a Chattanooga freight yard and headed west. Unemployed and desperate for a better life, they were not unlike millions during the Great Depression. In Memphis, perhaps, there would be work. Instead, they found themselves joined together at the center of a life and death courtroom drama, falsely accused of rape. The Scottsboro Boys’ cases focused an international spotlight on Jim Crow in America in the 1930s. In 2013, Alabama legislators passed two bills, acknowledging that the men were “victims of a gross injustice.” One, a resolution, exonerated the nine defendants; and the other created a law making it possible to grant posthumous pardons to the Scottsboro defendants.

The Scottsboro Boys Museum University-Community Partnership began in 2010 as a collaboration between the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, and University of...

Southern and Western American Sacred Music and Influential Sources (1700-1870) (SWASMIS), a new research database, chronicles the history and dissemination of sacred music from Europe and the American Eastern Seaboard to the American south and west from the Colonial Period to the Era of Reconstruction following the American Civil War (1750-1870). It catalogs every known southern and western sacred music composition appearing in manuscript and printed sources, as well as the significant material that directly influenced these compilers. Not confined to English-language tunebooks, this database also documents source material in a variety of Old and New World languages, including German, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Latin and Hebrew from European settlers, and Cherokee, Choctaw,...
This project seeks to recover the metonymic distinctiveness of colonial Cuba in the British imagination, as represented by the British periodical press 1680s-1930s. Having secured the rights to non-consumptive use of ProQuest's British Periodicals database, and isolated all files containing references to "Cuba," researchers deploy concordance software to relocate those references in linguistic context and to map word use frequencies. In addition to providing the basis for future efforts at topic modeling and other strategies of "distant reading," this ADHC initiative also aims to guide future research into the imaginative possibilities inherent in distinctively British representations of Cuba and the West Indies.

Project Collaborators: Albert Pionke (English Department), Tom Wilson (ADHC), Franky Abbott (ADHC), Steven Turner (Web Services), Jason Battles (Library Technology Planning and Policy)
Digitizing Civil Rights is an online archive that records testimonials about the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. The project represents the voices of men and women who were directly or indirectly involved with the Movement. The Alabama Digital Humanities Center has been working with Dr. Maha Marouan and her students to build and map the archive since its conception in Spring 2012.

Project collaborators: Maha Marouan (Gender and Race Studies), Steven Turner (Web Services), Jason Battles (Library Technology Planning and Policy), Franky Abbott (ADHC)
Shakespeare au/in Québec (SQ) is a bilingual critical anthology of 20+ previously unpublished adaptations of Shakespeare written in Québec since the Quiet Revolution, a period of vast social reform that began in 1960. These plays will be marked up in TEI-compliant XML and cross-referenced to corresponding sections of Shakespeare’s texts via pop-up annotations. Built in Drupal, the site will also have a searchable database of each play’s theatre history and production details, as well as multimedia image, audio, and video files; a bibliography of secondary sources; interviews with playwrights; and a section on the literary and political history of Québec.

Project Collaborators: Jennifer Drouin (English Department), Nathan Humpal (Metadata), Franky Abbott (ADHC), Steven Turner (LWeb Services), Kayla Burns (Metadata)
The Digital Edition of Jeronima Nava y Saavedra's Vida gives both the academic and the casual reader of women's spiritual autobiography the opportunity to read this Colonial Colombian nun's text from the original manuscript. Easy accessibility is ensured via a diplomatic edition in which the manuscript page faces a transcribed, tagged page, with notes. The project, started in 2010, has collected images of the N1 manuscript from the National Library in Bogota along with pictures from Mother Jeronima's convent and colonial environs. Working with the Digital Humanities Center, this project is building a digital archive of writings by colonial women in New Granada. We are pleased to work in conjunction with the National Library of Colombia.

Project Collaborators: Connie Janiga-Perkins (Department of Modern Languages and Classics), Mary Alexander (Metadata), Franky Abbott (ADHC), Kim Smalley (Web Services)
Black Belt 100 Lenses creates opportunities for high school students from Alabama’s Black Belt to comment on the region’s unique histories and cultures through photography. The project, started in 2007, has collected more than 7,000 images to date. Working with the Alabama Digital Humanities Center, the Center for Community-Based Partnerships is building a digital archive of its images. This archive will lay the groundwork for the images’ incorporation into the University of Alabama’s library collections and will also form the content for a redesign of the project’s website in Omeka.

Project collaborators: Heather Pleasants (CCBP), Elliot Knight (CCBP), Franky Abbott (ADHC), Mary Alexander (Metadata), Jason Battles (Library Technology Planning and Policy), Steven Turner (Web Services)