Digitization as Pedagogy and Scholarly Collaboration

As historians, we interpret primary sources, finding the human agency they demonstrate and explaining the significance of that agency by placing the sources in context.  In this collaborative research project, students undertake staged research that models the processes of research and writing that they will follow as they do original research in primary sources for their senior seminar, the capstone experience for students who major in History at Wheaton College.

In this research project, students “do history,” encountering primary and secondary sources, interpreting the primary sources, and writing about their interpretations in both short and medium-length formats.  As contributors to the Wheaton College Digital History Project, student historians are collaborating in the production of an electronic archive that will eventually be freely accessible to scholars, students, and the general public.