Leading Stories

by Lilly Paradise, Staff Writer

Last week, two professors at the University of West Florida accepted a three year reputable grant. 

Dr. David Ramsey and Dr. Kelly Carr have worked with the Massachusetts Historical Society on a project that consists of publishing digital content of historical archives for public use. The MHS recently received a three-year implementation phase grant worth $1 million dollars by the Mellon Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. 

In 2017, this project began with the application process for a research grant known as the Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative Grant, which they both later received in 2018.

The work carried out facilitated growth in the digital community of artifacts, bringing a shared understanding between editors on the project. The Papers of Roger Brooke Taney were the main focus for this project.

“By the end of the three-year grant, four different projects will have gathered their materials and posted their collections digitally,” Carr said. These documents will be like an online open source collection for scholarly and universal use.

“One of the reasons we’re excited to be apart of this grant is because Dr. Ramsey and I work at a regional comprehensive institution. Meaning, UWF is a smaller university that does not have as much money as universities such as Florida State University or The University of Florida,” Carr said. 

Both recipients expressed great enthusiasm for this project.“Dr. Carr and I had a really good experience working with their staff,” Ramsey said. “To have two national agencies, one public and one private, both express interests in what we’re doing and committing to making the research public at no cost to users is huge.” 

With this being an intensive process requiring attention and devotion, it is essential to keep a mind full of curiosity. Scholars every day are discovering new content from our history, only making this project vital to not only the University of West Florida but anywhere academic research applies. 

Photos courtesy of UWF Institutional Communications.