Curious George Goes to the Archive

I just wanted to take a minute to promote next week’s Digital Archives Event on Wednesday, April 20, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building 101.

This is the first in what will become a yearlong series of events and workshops designed to introduce faculty, students and community members to the possibilities of archives, archival collections and the digital humanities.  As a teaser to next year’s series, we’re putting on a brief showcase of materials related to Curious George and the papers of H.A. and Margret Rey.  The event will feature myself, Shane Hand (Ph.D. Candidate in History), and a group of my undergraduate students sharing their archival research on the history and production of Curious George. 

For anybody interested in archival research, how to incorporate archives in your teaching, or children’s literature and Curious George, please stop by and join us.  All are welcome, including your students if you want to advertise the event to your classes!

Digital Archives Research Group

Update: We are excited to announce a series of workshops, lectures and presentations on digital archives and their use in the classroom during the Fall 2016 semester. Learn more by visiting the Digital Archives web page or download the complete schedule at Arts & Letters Now!.

Regardless of discipline, the growing presence of digital archives has challenged all of us to ask innovative questions about our research and teaching. In the process, they have opened a number of radical challenges and opportunities in the classroom, encouraging faculty and students to incorporate archival materials into their scholarly work. We think a group committed to exploring how digital archives might be used to unsettle conventional practices, pedagogies, and methodologies would be of interest to faculty and students, as well as the broader public and academic community. Inspired by the recent turn toward digital humanities, our group will be guided by two questions. First, how have digital archives changed our understanding of the archive and archival materials (and, consequently, our understanding of our research)? And second, how might digital archives be productively harnessed by humanities scholars to experiment with new ideas, methodologies, projects, and pedagogies?


  • Craig Carey, Assistant Professor of English and Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Joyce Inman, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition
  • Kevin Greene, Assistant Professor of History and Co-director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
  • Jeanne L. Gillespie, Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Jennifer Brannock, Associate Professor and Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana
  • Elizabeth Le Beaud, Digital Lab Manager, McCain Library and Archives
  • Andrew P. Haley (Associate Professor of American Cultural History)
  • Diane DeCesare Ross, Assistant to the Dean for External Publications and Digital Humanities