This section provides an introduction to Black Digital Humanities, as defined by Safiya Noble, and a collection of Black digital history projects that our team found to be relevant and educational in our work. We are grateful for these resources, and hope to share them with visitors to our site. The projects include discussions of Bryn Mawr’s Black history, the conference speakers, Black conventions, Black representation in higher education, the contemporary realities of traveling while Black, the Great Migration, and racial events that influenced the conventions. Additionally, there are links to two lists of Black digital history projects that are not necessarily relevant to the ‘24 ‘31 project, but which nevertheless provide a variety of valuable and important information--we encourage visitors to explore them.
Bryn Mawr Black Digital History
- A Point of Difference: Diversity at Bryn Mawr College Created by Pensby interns Alexis De La Rosa '15 and Lauren Footman '14 in 2013, this digital exhibit discusses some modern conversations and explores (among other BIPOC histories) the history of Perry House and maids and porters.
- Residing in the Past: Space, Identity, and Dorm Culture at Bryn Mawr College In this exhibit on the history of Bryn Mawr’s dorms, the role of maids and porters is touched upon, as the “forgotten hands.”
- The Summer School for Women Workers: Diversity, Class and Education Discusses Bryn Mawr’s Summer School for Women Workers, some students of which were Black; and at least one student was a maid from BMC.
- The Official Cook Center Website Chronicles modern Black conversations and the history of Perry House.
- The Perry House Oral Histories Project connects current Bryn Mawr students with graduates, faculty, and staff who were part of the larger Perry House community and seeks to build a collection of oral histories related to Perry House and its affiliated communities.
- The Crisis (1911-1922) Digitized versions of W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Crisis, the official newspaper of the NAACP and an influential commentator on Black affairs, which is still in print today as the oldest Black-oriented magazine in the world.
- F.B. Eyes Digital Archive: FBI Files on African American Authors and Literary Institutions Obtained Through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) FBI Files on Black literary figures, including W.E.B. Du Bois and Walter White, who spoke at the 1931 Conference.
- Universities Studying Slavery Collaboration of multiple colleges and universities (including Bryn Mawr) for the study of slavery and its legacies, including race and inequality in higher education.
- MIT Black History Project Archives Collection of Black Digital History projects on the history and involvement of Black students at MIT.
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) BlackPast’s collection of HBCUs and their individual histories.
- Colored Conventions Project Details about political conventions held in the 19th century US and Canada which brought together Black men and women campaigning for civil and human rights. These meetings are now credited with having an enormous impact on Black intellectual and political histories.
- The Green Book of South Carolina Inspired by The Green Book, this is the first mobile travel guide to today’s African American cultural sites across South Carolina.
- New York Public Library’s Collection of The Green Book Scanned copies of The Green Book for online reading.
- Negro Travelers’ Green Book, 1956 Custom Google Map of the 1,500+ listings in The Greek Book’s 1956 edition, created by the University of South Carolina.
- Navigating The Green Book NYPL Labs’s combination of listings from the 1947 and 1956 edition into a tool which maps locations and plans routes that contemporary Black travelers might have taken.
The Great Migration
- Goin North Features stories and interviews of Black individuals who were part of the first great migration from the south to Philadelphia (1910-1930).
- The Great Migration Project that explores the history of African Americans moving north and how that transformed Philadelphia and the U.S.
- Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror Discusses the Red Summer of 1919, a violent event of white supremacist terrorism and racial riots which preceded the 1924 conference by only a few years.
For Further Research: Lists of Black DH Projects
- Bryn Mawr History Projects Projects include studies on BMC’s history with race and diversity.
- Colored Conventions’s List of Black Digital Humanities Projects & Resources
- Calls for Justice & Peace: Community Reflections Community-sourced list of resources hosted by Bryn Mawr Pensby Center and Career & Civic Engagement Center.