Digital History

I’ve been teaching public and digital history since I joined the St. Bonaventure faculty, often in a close partnership with Dennis Frank, the University Archivist, and the Friedsam Memorial Library staff. As a result, students enrolled in History 206: Introduction to Public History and History 419: Digital History and Archival Practices have, over the years, contributed to the public history of the university and its archival holdings. Many of their projects can be found on the Archives web page. You should also consult the History Research Sources and Visualization Tips and Tools pages.

Professional Resources on Digital History

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (lots of tools, advice, techniques) You can also check out their textbook, Digital History. It's a little dated but the underlying ideas are remain solid. You can also read Rosenzweig's Digital History and Argument.

H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net is a pioneer in using the internet to connect historians and social scientists. It has an enormous amount of resources, including book reviews.)

NCPH Digital Projects Directory

Humanities Commons

Jessica Otis Blog

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

DH Commons

Journal of Digital Humanities

Hybrid Pedagogy

Archival Resources for Class

St. Bonaventure Archives

Archives Blog

Archives and Records Management Resources

Internet Archives (aka WayBack Machine)

Society of American Archivist

The National Archives AOTUS Blog

The National Archives Blogs

Library of Congress: The Signal

Digital Archiving Resources

Digital Preservation Matters

Trevor Owens User Centered Digital Memory

Articles and Web Pages about Using Digital Tools

Getting Started with Topic Modeling and Mallet

Data Management for Historians

Research-Led Digitization

Data Management Plans for Historians

How to Start Your Own Podcast

Zoe Jackson, Research Clutter: A New App Helps Create Order out of Disorder (A Perspectives story on Tropy, a free tool for organizing your photographs of digital research.)

The Programming Historian (For when you are ready to get a little more advanced.)

The Digital Orientalist

Google Web Creators Blog and YouTube Channel

Evaluating Digital Sources and Information Literacy

Michael Caufield, Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers

Daniel Funke, Want to be a Better Online Sleuth? Learn to Read Web Pages like a Fact Checker

Elizabeth Elliot, Why Read Why Learn History (When It’s Summarized in This Article)

Wineburg, Why Historical Thinking is Not about History Using the Web to Teach Historical Thinking

Digital Tools

Tableau Public


WeTransfer (Easily send and receive large files)

TimelineJS (create timelines working with Google sheets)

Audacity (Open Source Audio Editing)

OpenShot (Open Source Video Editing. Teacher's Tech tutorial on OpenShot)

Shotcut (Open Source Video Edition)

Inkspot (draw freely)

Zotero (A place to organize your research.)

Laurence Anthony's AntConc (freeware text analysis tool)

The Clio App (A web page and app allowing people and students to contribute to local history.)

Tropy (Research photo management) (social annotation)

AlternativeTo (A web site that helps you find crowdsourced alternatives to commercial software.)

Privacy and Safety

Digital Shred

Electronic Freedom Foundation

Copyright and Intellectual Property

Creative Commons (Creative Commons Search for free to use images)

Fair Use (from the Harvard Library)

Copyright for Students (from the Ohio State Library)

Free to Use Image Sites


Wikimedia Commons


Free Images

Digital History Projects

Civil War Digital Humanities Projects (H-CivWar)