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 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.



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

Jun 02, 2022

Datafication in the Historical Humanities: Reconsidering Traditional Understandings of Sources and Data

International Conference and Workshop at GHI Washington | Conveners: German Historical Institute Washington in collaboration with Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), Chair of Digital History at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Consortium Initiative NFDI4Memory, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and Stanford University, Department of History

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Jun 02, 2022

Table for One: Anecdotes on the Cultures and Challenges of Data(fication) for Historians

Keynote Lecture (Virtual) | Speaker: Zoe LeBlanc (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

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Jun 03, 2022

What’s in a Footnote? Datafication and the Consequences for Quality Control in Historical Scholarship

Keynote Lecture (Virtual) | Speaker: Pim Huijnen (Utrecht University)

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Simone Lässig, ed.

Digital History

Special Issue, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 47.1 (2021)

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Hartmut Berghoff & Richard Wetzell, eds.

German Historical Institute at 25

Bulletin Supplement 8 (2012)

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Latest News


Intern at the German Historical Institute

Deadline: July 31, 2022 | The GHI Internship Program gives students of history, political science, public relations, and public administration at…

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Research Infrastructure “Migrant Connections” launched

The launch event for "Migrant Connections," a new digital research infrastructure for historical research on German migration to the United States in…

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Gerda Henkel Fellowship in Digital History

Deadline: May 15, 2022 | With the generous support of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) and the Roy…

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Digital History

New Date: Datafication in the Historical Humanities

The conference "Datafication in the Historical Humanities: Reconsidering Traditional Understandings of Sources and Data" has been postponed.

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New Publication

Spring 2021 Bulletin (68) published and available for download

The latest issue of the Bulletin is now available for download.

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