The AADHum Initiative seeks to prepare the next generation of digital humanists and African Americanist scholars by broadening the conversation around new theories, methods and tools to explore African American art, labor and migration. Co-directed by The Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy and The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), it builds upon two of UMD’s areas of internationally recognized excellence – African American history and cultural studies and digital humanities. Through an expansive digitization venture, the initiative will develop research projects drawing on collections from:
- The Center for Global Migration Studies (formerly The Center for the History of the New America), which houses the Archive of Immigrant Voices;
- The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Art and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora with its collection of over 50,000 objects that chronicle the development and understanding of the study of African American visual culture; and
- The UMD libraries’ with its recently acquired George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive, a preeminent research collection for the study of American labor history.
The initiative is made possible by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.