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Fostering Community
through Grassroots DH at
Mississippi State University
Hillary A.H. Richardson, Assistant Professor, Humanities Librarian
Nickoal L. Eichmann, Assistant Professor, History Research Librarian
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
http://mrg.bz/T2BVSU
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
Talking Points
• About the Starkville Civil Rights Project
• Stages of Building Collaboration and Community
• Skills needed (and how to foster them)
• Lessons learned
http://mrg.bz/SZmXR9
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu
[ oralhistoryonline.org ]
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu
[ timeline.knightlab.com ] [ google.com/mymaps ]
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
Our Team
• 2 Research Librarians
• 1 History Professor (on sabbatical)
• 4 Doctoral students (dissertating)
• 3 Masters students (graduated)
• 1 Honors Undergrad (volunteer)
http://mrg.bz/rkKcNl
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
A grassroots theme underlies both the project’s
research and in our execution of it.
Grassroots + DH
http://mrg.bz/D1IR2v
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
• Public history course / Research Question
•Grant funding / Develop goals and timeline
• Curate content and build the site
• Community Forum
• A “living website”
Stages
http://mrg.bz/A1RMMC
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
http://mrg.bz/rkKcNl
1. Public History Course Project (Spring 2014)
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
http://mrg.bz/rkKcNl
2. Grant funding / Develop goals and timeline
• Open-ended project to “benefit both
community and the library”
• Gave much-needed structure and
resources to the project:
• Statement of Need
• Detailed Budget
• Timeline
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
http://mrg.bz/rkKcNl
3. Curate Content & Build Site
• Worked on various components separately
through sub-teams
•Project management
•Archival research
•Oral history interviews + indexing
•Website design + organization of
content
•Crafting the narrative
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
4. Community Forum
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
http://mrg.bz/rkKcNl
How is this different?
Amanda Visconti:
literaturegeek.com/2016/02/28/DHjobtalk
Scenario C
(researchers)(librarians) (team)
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
http://mrg.bz/NrjhWa
Lessons Learned
http://mrg.bz/jkUu6K
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
1.Sharing Research Can Be Hard
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
http://mrg.bz/ho0mf5
2. Project management is constant
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
http://mrg.bz/qNJKOg
3. Scaffolding tools helps
accommodate different skillsets
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
http://mrg.bz/dxb4lV
4. Universal + Local Topic = Powerful
@hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann
Thank you!
starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu
http://mrg.bz/rN2fsc

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