The People of the Burwell School Digital Archive and Research Project
About the Project:
In 2009, the IMLS awarded the Historic Hillsborough Commission with a
second Museums for America grant. The project funded, The People
of the Burwell School Digital Archive and Research Project, allowed us to take the
numerous and valuable archival resources we have collected over the
years and during the last Museums for America award (2005-2007) and
create an online research site, making those resources
available to the public and accessible to the world.
Through this project, we not only utilized the research we had already
conducted, but also had the opportunity to conduct two years of
additional research on the over 200 young women who attended classes
at the Burwell School. Furthermore, this funding has allowed us to
research other people who have called the site home through its
history - Elizabeth Keckly, numerous enslaved members of the
household, the Collins family, and more recent residents.
In 2011, we launched this research page on our website which is
available, free of charge, as a genealogical and historic resource
for researchers, genealogists, historians, and individuals who simply
want to learn about their families and their ties to the Burwell School
Historic Site. Additionally, this project is ongoing. We hope that our
users will share any relevant research with us as we continue provide this
ever growing resource to the world. To learn how to contribute to the project,
please visit our feedback page.
- Carolyn Connor, Records Committee co-chair, Historic Hillsborough Commission
- Kate Faherty, Records Committee co-chair, Historic Hillsborough Commission
- David Cates, Records Committee member, Historic Hillsborough Commission
- Betty Eidenier, Records Committee member, Historic Hillsborough Commission
- Kathleen MacFie, Records Committee member, Historic Hillsborough Commission
- Kay Singer, Records Committee member, Historic Hillsborough Commission
- Katharine Paulhamus
- Rebecca Ryan
- Barbara Ilie, information scientist and web designer
- Adrian Ilie, application, database and website developer,
Intelligent Development Corporation
Many people contributed to make this project a success. A special thank you
to Ai-Ling Chang, Patrick Collum, Maggie Dickson, Ernest Dollar,
Kevin Gilbertson, Noah Huffman, Linda Jacobson, Erik Mitchell,
Carrie Mowatt-Larssen, and Matt Turi.
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