February 3, 2014
A letter from the TXMSC archive.
Texas Manuscript Cultures, a project of Texas Tech University’s Digital Humanities Lab, received a nomination for the 2013 Digital Humanities Award. The popular international award recognizes the best work of digital humanities projects each year.
Texas Manuscript Cultures preserves and promotes the hand-written social history of Texans through digital access. The project focuses on documents that reveal the shape and nature of life in Texas.
“It’s a great honor to receive a nomination for this award, but now we need votes from Texas Tech faculty, students and staff to clinch a win,” said Miles Kimball, interim chairman of the Department of Communication Studies and director of the Technical Communication & Rhetoric Program. “The scope of Texas Manuscript Cultures includes documents from all aspects of Texas lives. Documents currently in the archive include a hand-written newspaper created by Confederate prisoners of war, manuscripts by Texas poet J. E. Turnbull, and World War II letters from soldiers at San Antonio’s Kelly Field. They offer unique insights into human experiences.”
Digital humanities is a new field using technology to understand culturally important texts and to translate those texts into digital formats. Examples include digitally archiving literary and historical documents, analyzing them with digital tools, and using data visualization to understand them better.
The project, based in the Digital Humanities Lab, showcases the work of Kimball and Texas Tech faculty member Ann Hawkins, along with graduate and undergraduate student researchers.
The lab supports faculty and students in creating digital humanities projects and learning the methods and techniques for good digital humanities scholarship.
The project has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TexasManuscriptCultures.
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