Civil Rights Leader James Farmer’s UMW Lectures Online

More than five years ago DTLT started working with UMW’s archivist Carolyn Parsons to try and digitize James Farmer’s video lecture series recorded here at UMW in 1983. The lecture series is an awesome historical resource featuring James Farmer—one of the greatest orators of the 20th century—re-telling his compelling experiences as a civil rights activist in the South during the 1960s. And while the project laid dormant for many years, thankfully Jeff McClurken’s and four of his students in Adventures in Digital History class resurrected it and brought it to life online.

Laura Donahue, Michelle Martz and Caitlin Murphy and Kelsey Matthews archived, transcribed, and contextualized 13 of Farmer’s lectures from 1983. What’s more, they’ve created what is arguably the single best resource site yet to see light on UMW Blogs: http://jamesfarmerlectures.umwblogs.org/

The vertical hold on the VHS tapes with the first 4 lectures were in such bad shape that they’ve been shipped out for professional preservation, however the audio has been captured and archived. The other nine videos are working perfectly, and I highly recommend you do yourself a favor and listen/watch to this legendary figure talk about Civil Rights during the 60s—it is truly amazing stuff.

Thinklab: UMW’s Makerspace


As a part of UMW’s efforts to build the ThinkLab, a makerspace in the Simpson Library, Tim Owens is writing a set of posts to be featured on the Makerbot Blog. The first of these posts, Help Tim Owens Build An Awesome Makerspace, is live. Much of the work we do with 3D printing began with Makerbots and inspired us to take it a step further with ThinkLab so we’re excited to have the opportunity to get feedback from that large community of makers to help our little space here grow and evolve!