Digital History

The GHI’s digital history program operates at the crossroads of multiple disciplines and professions. One overarching goal is to forge links between seemingly disparate communities and pursuits: digital historians and “book” historians; projects informed by public history concerns versus those motivated by research objectives; and research and academic teaching. In addition to its own digital history projects – German History in Documents and Images, German History Intersections, and Migrant Connections (German Heritage in Letters) – the GHI collaborates with partner institutions across Europe and North America in exchange and networking initiatives to support the development of digital tools and methodologies for historical research.

Photo Credit: Bonus Division, ca. 1909-1932. National Photo Company, Library of Congress.

Team


Projects


German Heritage in Letters

German Heritage in Letters is a project to create a digital collection of German-language correspondence currently held in private hands, by archives, by special collection libraries, museums, and other institutions.

German History in Documents and Images (GHDI)

GHDI is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present.

German History Intersections

The German History Intersections project is a transatlantic initiative that will begin by examining three broad themes – German identity; migration; and knowledge and education – over as many as five centuries.

Migrant Connections

Migrant Connections is a digital research infrastructure for historical research on German migration to the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present

Collaborative research project (2010-2016) that explores the entrepreneurial and economic capacity of immigrants by investigating the German-American example in the United States.

Transatlantic Perspectives: Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States, 1930-1980

A four year research project (2010-2014) that explores the role of European migrants in transatlantic exchange processes during the mid-twentieth century.

Events & Conferences


Mar 14, 2024

Exploring Epistemic Virtues and Vices: Data, Infrastructures, and Episteme between Collaboration and Exploitation

Sixth Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) | Conveners: Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), in collaboration with the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI), the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM), and the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Tokyo

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Mar 21, 2024

From Abundant Papers to Limited Pixels: Digitization and Intelligence Reduction in the Brazilian Serviço Nacional de Informações (SNI) in the late 1970s

Lecture at GHI Washington | Speaker: Debora Gerstenberger (University of Cologne)

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May 23, 2024

The History and Future of State Secrecy

Lecture at GHI Washington | Speaker: Matthew Connelly (Columbia University / the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge)

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Publications


Bulletin 70 (Fall 2022)

Forum: Rethinking Cross-Border Connections

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Bulletin 69 (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

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Simone Lässig, ed.

Digital History

Special Issue, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 47.1 (2021)

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Latest News


Fellowship

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Deadline: April 1, 2024 | The GHI awards short-term fellowships to European and North American doctoral students as well as postdoctoral scholars to…

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Fellowship

Gerda Henkel Fellowship in Digital History

Deadline: March 4, 2024 (deadline extended) | With the generous support of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Historical Institute Washington…

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Press Release

Revised and updated edition of GHDI Vol. 7 is now online

The second edition of "Nazi Germany, 1933-1945" edited by S. Jonathan Wiesen and Pamela Swett is available on GHDI's updated website.

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GHI in the Media

Director Simone Lässig interviewed by Deutschlandfunk Kultur

GHI Director Simone Lässig was interviewed by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and discussed the institute’s role in North America, our research priorities, and…

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New Publication

Spring 2023 Bulletin (71) issue published and available for download

The latest issue of the Bulletin is now available online for download as well as in print.

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