Social Science: 19th Century U.S. History

Department: History

Supervising Faculty Member: Kirt von Daacke

Specialization: Nineteenth Century U.S. History, History of American Education, Slavery

Research Focus: Professor von Daacke is developing a digital project to document the early history of the University of Virginia from 1819–1870.

Position Description: Student will work with university archival materials (official university records as well as letters/diaries by students/faculty and also early university publications) and learn important skills in documentary transcription and editing, XML coding/document mark-up, and working with a relational database.
Required skills: 1) strong analytical and organizational skills; 2) strong oral and written communication skills; 3) ability to work independently; 4) basic knowledge of Microsoft Word.
Required Courses: Any U.S. history course (HIUS), any American art history or American architectural history course (ARTH 2753, ARTH 2745, ARH 3603, ARH 3701, ARH 2753, ARH 3704, ARH 4500), or an equivalent.

Training/certification: The student selected for this position will receive training on the job in MS Word and Oxygen/SVN.

What you will learn: Through this research-work opportunity, you will develop: 1) competency in professional transcription of historical documents; 2) competency in historical documentary editing; and 3) basic proficiency in XML keying.