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The Center for Local History at Arlington Public Library is seeking guest bloggers to help promote and support Project DAPS—an ongoing digital history project to disseminate records, images, oral histories and other materials related to the desegregation of Arlington, Virginia’s public schools.
Project DAPS is a unique online exhibition and searchable database of archival materials related to the legal and moral battles that culminated with four courageous African American students taking their seats on Feb. 2, 1959 at Arlington’s Stratford Junior High School. The project explores the full historic narrative, starting with Arlington’s rapid growth of the 1940s through the 1970s.
Project DAPS is culled from the holdings of the Arlington Public Library’s Community Archives in the Center for Local History and includes thousands of photos, documents and recordings. Many items were only recently digitized. There are currently thousands of pages of documents online, and more are being added all the time.
We are looking for proposals from grad students, librarians, archivists, professors, and local historians for blog posts that model for users how Project DAPS can be used to conduct or supplement research about a variety of topics that intersect with the desegregation of public schools in Virginia and the DC area.
We have secured a limited number of $200 stipends for people who write blog posts to support this project. Stipends will be awarded on a rolling basis.
Interested parties should identify several documents that interest them, write up a brief paragraph about the topic they would like to discuss, and provide a few sentences of biography on their academic or research background, and send them to Judith Knudsen at jknuds (at) arlingtonva.us