Current Projects

The Bridge

A vocabulary teaching tool, The Bridge allows users to create customized vocabulary lists for Latin or Greek core lists, ancient texts, and textbooks. You can focus on a selection of a text and also customize your lists to exclude familiar vocabulary from textbooks that you have used, core lists you have mastered, and texts you have already read. This project was developed by Julie Ta (Haverford '16) and Blair Rush (Haverford '16) and partially funded by a Trico Digital Humanities grant.

The Cope Evans project combines archival research with data visualization to explore the growth of relationships and networks among two prominent Quaker families during the long nineteenth century. The project includes interactive maps, letter subject analyses, and other visualizations of Industrial Age Philadelphia. This project was developed by Cormac Rada ('17), Brandon Smith ('16), and Andrew Kafker ('17).

The Lancaster Avenue Project is a collaborative project by students in Andrew Friedman's fall 2014 class using the theory of Walter Benjamin to explore the history of American modernity.  Students will apply Benjamin's theories to researching the history of Lancaster Avenue and its surrounding area by engaging with primary sources, digitizing source material and curating collections, exploring and visualizing spatial relationships and ideas of place as they change over time, and using digital tools to create a dynamic final project.

The Second Generation: Boy Heroes in American Dime Novels, 1860-1910, is a digital exhibit focusing on American dime fiction - and particularly the development of the boy hero - as a way to understand how America’s emerging mass culture acted both as an outlet for popular frustrations and a reinscription of the status quo.  The exhibit is built in Omeka by Rachel Berger (Swarthmore '16) and funded by a Trico Digital Humanities grant.

Stan Augarten's Bit by Bit: An Illustrated History of Computing (1984) has long served as the text for Steve Lindell's course on the History of Mechanized Thought. Thanks to Gavi Fried '14 and Jon Sweitzer-Lamme '14, who worked under the supervision of Digital Scholarship Librarian Mike Zarafonetis, the book became a digital edition during the summer of 2012. Complete with lab assignments, lecture slides, and additional resources, the website takes place of the physical book as Professor Lindell's primary course resource.

Mapping Microfinance, led by Economics professor Shannon Mudd, is a collaborative project between the student-run Microfinance Consulting Club and the Digital Scholarship team.  Members of the group are collecting and compiling locational data for microfinance institutions in developing countries, then using GIS software to map those locations along with other social, economic, or demographic data.

The al-Qaeda Statements Index is an ongoing project created by Professor Barak Mendelsohn with the support of the Political Science department. The Index consists of a database of over 300 statements made by various members of al Qaeda and its affiliates’ senior leadership going back as far as 1994. Digital Scholarship in the Library has offered technical and hosting support, while Norm Medeiros and Margaret Schaus have processed the statements and catalogued them in the Tricollege instance of DSpace.

Save As: Digital Haverford

SAVE AS: Digital Haverford is a collaboration between Digital Scholarship in the Library, Instructional & Information Technology Services, Hurford Center of the Arts & Humanities and Tri-Co Digital Humanities. The group aims to promote all things digital at Haverford and to foster communication between students, staff, and faculty with an interest in digital skills and scholarship.

Professor Craig Borowiak's research involves exploring and promoting the solidarity economy. The DS team has helped him create surveys of local participants and solidarity economy activists. We've also provided consultation for mapping initiatives and data management.

Ticha will allow users to explore Colonial Valley Zapotec documents through an online viewer which actively connects images of original documents, annotated transcriptions of the documents, and translations into English and modern Spanish.  Ticha is innovative in bringing together data analyzed in FLEx (Fieldworks Language Explorer) a system for lexical and grammatical analysis, with current TEI standards (Text Encoding Initiative) for paleographic and translational representations of texts.


Past Projects

The Material and Immaterial World of Virgil Burnett celebrates Professor Maud Burnett McInerney’s gift of books written, illustrated, and published by her late father, Virgil Burnett (1928–2012). The exhibit looks to understand Burnett in his role as an illustrator, author, and publisher and to unearth the themes that color his work. The work displayed in this online exhibit includes selected drawings and books from the Virgil Burnett Collection housed in Haverford College Library's Quaker and Special Collections.

Lasting Impressions, a student-curated exhibit developed in collaboration between the John P. Chesick Scholars Program and the Libraries, celebrates the inauguration of Dan Weiss as Haverford College’s 14th President. The exhibit features a series of monumental brass rubbings made by Maxine and David Cook ’64 in Germany in 1971 and the United Kingdom in 1973, and is supplemented with additional content in this mobile-optimized website.

For the Record is a Transdivisional seminar

Who Killed Sarah Stout?  A young Quaker woman of unusual independence and wealth has been found dead in the River Lee. It was thought that she drowned, but an autopsy six weeks after her death suggests foul play. Four men were accused of her murder.  In this interactive experience, you must collect and examine the facts to solve the case.  


Beyond the Margin, curated by Jen Rajchel BMC'11, explores the history of Haverford's student reading communities and their rituals. From the early Quaker foundations to 19th century student literary societies, the exhibit traces the curricular and co-curricular reading experiences of Haverford students. Beyond the Margin was exhibited in the Alcove Gallery in Magill Library; Jen also created a complementary digital exhibit.

Shakespeare: In His Time and for All Time celebrates the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare through an exploration of the Shakespeare-related holdings of Haverford College's Special Collections, with additional materials from the Philips Wing collection as well as the general stacks.

In honor of the February 2013 rededication of the Ira Reid House, a residential space on Haverford College's campus, a physical and digital exhibit were designed by Arielle Harris'13 to show the life of the house's namesake.

Course Sites

The Junior-level English seminar American Moderns (Spring 2013), studying American modernist authors and literature, produced Omeka exhibits for their final projects.

Other classes:

Theory and Practice of Exhibitions: Objects, Images, Texts, Events

Japanese Modernism

Troubled Waters: Tracing Waste in the Delaware River is a collaborative Tumblr site including the work of students from courses in multiple disciplines.  These courses (held in the spring of 2014) address questions related to waste in the Delaware River through the lens of chemistry, political science, and documentary filmmaking.  This project is funded by the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities and is supervised by visiting artist jessika m ross.

This Omeka site features student projects created in a US History course, taught by Terry Snyder in the spring of 2014, exploring material culture and mass spectacle in the making of modern America.