Reference Desk

As you work on your own projects, you might find some of these links and contexts useful when imagining the various approaches one might take to special collections materials. These links might also be useful ways to gauge the kind of time, labor, tools, collaborators, and additional resources needed to make cool digital projects.

This list is a work-in-progress. Suggestions for additional content? Email me ( or get in touch via Twitter (@JimMc_Grath).

Page last updated on 9/7/2017.

Brown / Local Resources

Brown University Library

Brown University. John Carter Brown Library. JCB Online.

Brown University. Center for Digital Scholarship. Projects.

Providence Public Library Special Collections Department

Providence Public Library Special Collections. Special Collections Digital Projects and Publications.

Digital Projects, Special Collections, and Digital Libraries/Archives

Boston College. Boston College Library Digital Scholarship Group. Projects and Exhibits.

Bowdoin College: George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives. Digital Collections and Projects.

British Museum. Online Collection.


Digital Library of The Caribbean (dLOC).

Digital Public Library of America. Exhibitions.

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Featured Projects.

Europeana. Europeana Collections.


HathiTrust Digital Library.

Library of Congress. Digital Collections.

Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland. Research.

Mira. Canning Stock Route Project Archive.

National Library of Australia. Trove.

New York Public Library. NYPL Labs. (no longer active)

Northeastern University Library Digital Scholarship Group. CERES Exhibit Toolkit Projects.

UCLA Digital Humanities. Project Archives.

UCLA Library. Digital Projects for Special Collections.

University of Connecticut. Greenhouse Studios.

Journals, Web Sites, and Other General Resources

#twitterstorians (Twitter hashtag)


Debates in the Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Now

Digital Humanities Quarterly

Digital Humanities Slack (Slack group for DH; link is to free signup via Google Form)

The Getty Iris

History@Work (NCPH Blog; link goes to posts tagged “digital history”)

Internet Histories

The Programming Historian

Real Life

Select AllĀ (New York Magazine)


The Wayback Machine (The Internet Archive)

Professional Organizations and Conferences/Workshops

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)

American Studies Association Digital Humanities Caucus

Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH)

Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI)

Digital Library Federation (DLF)


Global Outlook: Digital Humanities (GO:DH)

Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC)

Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT)

Keystone DH Conference

Museums and The Web

National Council on Public History (NCPH)

North Eastern Public Humanities Consortium (NEPH)

NYC Digital Humanities

Theorizing the Web Conference