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Trustees of Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH 03755-1808)
Ivy T. Schweitzer (Project Director: November 2009 to June 2016)

Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 6/30/2015

Occom Circle: A Digital Edition and Website

Creation of a digital edition and website that will provide free online access to the works of Mohegan Indian leader and intellectual, Samson Occom (1727-1792) and materials pertaining to Occom's associates and activities. (24 months)

"Occom Circle" is a digital edition and website, already underway in prototype, that will provide free on-line access to works housed in Dartmouth College's Libraries of, by, and about Samson Occom (1727-1792), a Mohegan Indian, intertribal leader, public intellectual, and the most important Indian writer in North America in the 18th century. This digital edition uses text encoding to provide accessibility and longevity beyond traditional print and microform editions. Creating clusters of correspondences and networks of associations, this edition evokes the tumultuous "circle" in which Occom lived through annotations and hyperlinks. It facilitates access to documents through search functions, links to other digital archives, makes them available to scholars in many disciplines, as well as teachers, students, institutions, Indian tribes and general readers. Digital technology allows humanists to bring the past to life in order to inform the present and shape the future.