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West Virginia University Research Corporation (Morgantown, WV 26506-6201)
Danielle Emerling (Project Director: July 2020 to present)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$59,115 (approved)
$59,115 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 5/31/2022

The American Congress Digital Archives Portal Project

A multi-institutional planning project to develop an online portal that would aggregate the personal papers of former members of the United States Congress.

The American Congress Digital Archives Portal Project proposes to digitize and aggregate congressional archives in an online portal that will expand access to collections and increase research value by providing context and linkages among them. Congressional archives are rich resources documenting the history of the legislative branch and illuminating multiple narratives about America’s social, cultural, and political development. The portal would provide scholars with significantly improved access to geographically dispersed collections and provide the general public and teachers access to civically important documents about Congress and public policy. With the expertise of congressional scholars, archivists, and technologists, this Foundations project will establish best practices for contributing materials and provide scope for a larger project by prioritizing materials to be digitized. A prototype digital portal will provide a model for future collaboration and digital practice.