Digital Research Center
From 2015 to 2019, HCLAS faculty across the disciplines, led by Dr. John Bryant, professor emeritus of English, worked on digital research projects that promoted collaborative scholarship, critical thinking, and learning in their fields of study. The webpages on this site summarize the scholarly work of the researchers and link to some of the completed projects. These pages are evidence of Hofstra’s commitment to digital research and digital pedagogy.
This project is the construction of an annotated, digitized text of the American and British versions of Dion Boucicault’s controversial 1859 melodrama of interracial relationships and plantation life in antebellum Louisiana, with an archive of materials on performance for scholarly and pedagogical use.
"A Frightful Number": Mapping Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year
“A Frightful Number” uses data culled from Daniel Defoe’s “creative non-fiction” Journal of the Plague Year and from historical sources to track the spread of the 1665 London plague. Created with DRC’s innovative mapping tool Itinerary, the site annotates the epidemic’s progress month by month, parish by parish.
African Americans on Long Island Collection ... 1779-current
The collection contains documents related to the history of African-American slaves and free men and women on Long Island in the 18th and 19th centuries. Included are court documents (including certificates of acquittal, certificates of conviction, petitions, and warrants); examinations and judgments from pauper hearings; servant and slave indentures (bills of sale); manumissions (formal emancipations from slavery); minutes of court proceedings, many of which concern manumissions; slave receipts; correspondence; and a poster.