Featured projects

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Developed by Graduate Center students and faculty, these projects showcase the different methods, tools, and platforms used for digital archival research. This page follows the template from Miriam Posner’s How Did They Make That?.

For a more comprehensive list of archival projects developed at the GC, please see the list of Projects.


Zine Union Catalog

Jenna Freedman and Lauren Kehoe (MADH)

What it is:

  • This is a union catalog (or aggregate catalogue) that offers centralized information about zines from various collections and libraries across the country.

What you’d need to know:

How to get started:

  • Choose a Content Management System (like Wordpress) and cataloguing method (like Collective Access).
  • Have access to scanners, cameras, and other necessary recording hardware.

East Bay Punk Digital Archive

Stefano Morello (English)

What it is:

  • A punk archive dedicated to the subcultural formations that emerged in the San Francisco Bay Area between the early 1980s and the mid 1990s, including Lawrence Livermore’s Lookout! magazine (1984-1995).

What you’d need to know:

  • This project uses Omeka cataloguing and exhibition software.

How to get started:

  • Choose a Content Management System (Omeka) and a metadata standard (like Dublin Core or xZineCorex).
  • Have access to scanners, cameras, and other necessary recording hardware.


The Bais Yaakov Project

Dainy Bernstein (English)

What it is:

  • Offers materials related to the Bais Yaakov movement – orthodox jewish elementary and secondary schooling for girls – from its very beginning in Krakow through today.

What you’d need to know:

How to get started:

  • Choose a Content Management System (like Wordpress).
  • Have access to scanners, cameras, and other necessary recording hardware.


TEI Workshop

Filipa Calado (English)

What it is:

  • This is a guide on how to implement Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) markup standards to edit primary source documents, through the example of editing a manuscript by Oscar Wilde.

What you’d need to know:

How to get started:

  • Download an open any text editor to start encoding in TEI right away.
  • Transform your text for the web with Stylesheets.


“Everything On Paper Will Be Used Against Me”: A Computational Analysis of Henry A. Kissinger’s Vietnam-Era Correspondence

Micki Kauffman (History)

What it is:

  • This project uses computational techniques to research, analyze, and visualize Henry Kissinger’s meeting memoranda and transcripts from 1969-1977.

What you’d need to know:

  • R, MALLET, and
  • AntConc for text analysis.
  • Gephi for visualizing the results from text analysis.

How to get started:

  • Capture and clean your data.
  • See our article on Text Analysis for a general overview of tools.


Parents Frame Childhood for the World to See

Ayşenur Benevento (Psychology)

What it is:

  • This project (now part of a published dissertation) scrapes Instagram for photos of children and analyzes them to understand childhood and parent-children interaction in contemporary times.

What you’d need to know:

How to get started:

  • See our articles on Web Archiving and Text Analysis to get a sense of the options for scraping and analyzing data from social media.


The Walden Soundscape

Christina Katopodis (English)

What it is:

  • This project captures and shares the sounds from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden in the form of a sonically and visually immersive website experience.

What you’d need to know:

How to get started:

  • See our articles on choosing recording hardware and working with audio software.


Ro(u)ted By Our Stories

Arita Balaram (Critical Social/Personality & Environmental Psychology)

What it is:

  • This project is an inter-generational oral history archive dedicated to capturing, preserving and sharing the stories of the Indo-Caribbean diaspora's silenced voices, centering on womxn and gender expansive folx.

What you’d need to know:

  • This project uses Mukurtu as a content management system.

How to get started:

  • See our article on Mukurtu and using audio software.


The Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

Erin Wuebker (History)

What it is:

  • This project uses Omeka gathers and makes available visual culture materials related to syphilis and gonorrhea from the first half of the twentieth century, and is part of the The Graduate Center Web Archives.

What you’d need to know:

  • Archive-It to capture the web pages from the archive.

How to get started:

  • See our article on Web Archiving.


VHS Archives

Alexandra Juhasz (ITP Faculty), Media Ecology Project, XFR Collective

What it is:

  • The VHS Archives Working Group brings together scholars, students, librarians, archivists, technologists and community members interested in discussing questions, concerns and best practices about the use, preservation, digitization, and research of VHS collections currently held by organizations, scholars, artists, and activists.

What you’d need to know:

  • Video preservation and digitization.
  • Ethics about preservation of sensitive histories (in particular the AIDS epidemic)

How to get started:


CUNY Digital History Archive

American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning

What it is:

  • The CDHA is an open, participatory digital public archive and portal that gives the CUNY community and the broader public online access to a range of archival materials related to the history of the City University of New York.

What you’d need to know:

  • Wordpress website hosting collections of PDFs, embedded videos, and oral histories.

How to get started:

  • Choose a Content Management System (like Wordpress).
  • For help on doing Oral History, see our articles on choosing recording hardware and working with audio software.