Funded Projects

Special Collections routinely collaborates with community partners and funders to make the unique cultural heritage resources available in the repository accessible online.

Providing Access to the Chattanooga History Collections Project

  • Agency: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Program: Faculty Grants
  • Amount: $1,744
  • Period: 2017-2018

The purpose of the Providing Access to the Chattanooga History Collections project is to build an openly accessible repository of finding aids for independent researchers, faculty, and students to create opportunities for experiential learning, professional development, and applied research methods. The project will result in access to detailed inventories of resources previously owned by the Chattanooga History Center that open information about the creation, historical context, and contents of these archival collections for the first time.

Voices of African American Women Oral History Project

  • Agency: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Program: Ruth S. Holmberg Grant for Faculty Excellence
  • Amount: $3,496
  • Period: 2017-2018

This project aims to build an inclusive digital archive of localwomen’s accomplishments, activism, and experiences as business leaders, legal advocates, educators, social activists, and community builders through the collection, transcription, and online publication of oral histories. Building on the Chattanooga Women's Oral History Project, this work is focused on capturing the lives of African American women in our city, especially experiences that shed light on the local impact ofthe Civil Rights Movement.

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Chattanooga Women's Oral History Project

  • Agency: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Program: Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs
  • Amount: $6,300
  • Period: 2016-2017

This project enhanced access to the Chattanooga Women’s Oral History Project interviews conducted by the City of Chattanooga Mayor’s Council for Women History Subcommittee and collected by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library’s Special Collections. The project resulted in unfettered digital access and standards-based management of the oral histories though a digital archive that connects public audiences to audio recordings and oral history transcripts for approximately 90 interviews. Using next generation tools to navigate transcriptions, descriptive metadata, and digital recordings, scholars are be able to interpret the language, history, and culture of Chattanooga using digital humanities technologies.

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Ralph W. Hood and W. Paul Williamson Serpent Handling Field Recordings and Interviews Digitization Project

  • Agency: University of Chattanooga Foundation
  • Amount: $48,000
  • Period: 2016-2017

This project resulted in the open access publication of nearly 200 field recordings from Ralph W. Hood and W. Paul Williamson’s extraordinary collection of religious services and interviews with serpent handling congregants available and discoverable on a global scale. Using next generation digital tools and technologies to navigate transcriptions, descriptive metadata, and video, scholars are able to interpret the linguistic, religious, musical, and cultural traditions of Appalachian serpent-handlersusing text mining, data visualization, GIS mapping, and other digital humanities technologies.

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