This project is a spinoff from my dissertation research on the history of birth certificates and birth registration in the United States. During 2012-13, I’ll begin writing the framing explanatory documents targeted at archivists and researchers, and I’ll build a proof-of-concept site with transcription features. The initial image contributions will begin with the roughly 20GB of reference images I’ve collected during my research trips to College Park. I’m hoping to have an early version ready for use by students in my spring 2013 course on US women’s history.
I’m actively seeking scholars, including archivists, who want to participate in the framing of this project so that it can grow into a sustainable, multi-researcher collaborative endeavor. If you’re interested in participating, please contact me.