Director of Research and Academic Programs, A.S. Williams III Americana Collection

I’m excited to announce that beginning June 1, I will be come the Director of Research and Academic Programs in the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection at The University of Alabama. I’ve worked in the Williams Collection since I arrived at UA and the position is everything I could hope for. I’ll be promoting theContinue reading “Director of Research and Academic Programs, A.S. Williams III Americana Collection”

Spring in Alabama

I’ve been busy! Since my last update, I’ve been hard at work in the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection at The University of Alabama. Right now, I am finishing up a project involving early twentieth-century Alabama postcards. The collection looks at how Alabama presented itself in the New South and how postcards captured the social,Continue reading “Spring in Alabama”

New Play the Past Article: Valiant Hearts, The Great War, and The Shaping of Historical Memory

I have a new piece up on Play the Past concerning Valiant Hearts, a narrative-driven puzzle game about World War I. I’ve been exploring the use of historical settings and events in video games over the last few years and this piece continues that trend. I look at how Valiant Hearts focuses on the human cost of warContinue reading “New Play the Past Article: Valiant Hearts, The Great War, and The Shaping of Historical Memory”

Likenesses Within the Reach of All

I’m happy to announce that the project I’ve been working on for the last three months has finally launched! Likenesses Within the Reach of All is a digital project that maps the expansion of southern photography through the cartes-de-visite of The A.S. Williams III Americana Collection at The University of Alabama. Building on the work ChristaContinue reading “Likenesses Within the Reach of All”

A Beginner’s Guide to Mapping Early America with Basic GIS

Originally posted on The Junto:
Over the past couple years, friends have asked me a lot about maps and mapping software—questions I probably have no business fielding. I’m not truly formally trained in GIS, I’ve picked up a lot of things online, from books, in workshops, but mostly through trial-and-error, and half the time I…

Interview with Cool @ Hoole

Just a quick post as an update on my new position. I’m a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama. I started in August and have been settling into my work as a sort of digital project specialist with the A.S. Williams III Collection. As a new member of UA’s Special Collections, Amy ChenContinue reading “Interview with Cool @ Hoole”

Historical Maps into Minecraft: My Workflow

The folks at the New York Public Library have a workflow and python script for translating historical maps into Minecraft. It’s a three-step (quite big steps) process. First, they generate a DEM (digital elevation model) from the historical map, using QGIS. This is saved as ‘elevation.tiff’. Then, using Inkscape, they trace over the features from…