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.

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

May 06, 2021

A Backstage Perspective on Digital Archives, Collections and Libraries

DH@GHI Workshop | Speaker: Katharina Hering (Digital Librarian, GHI Washington)

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May 15, 2021

Reflecting on German Heritage in the United States in the Twenty-First Century: A Panel Discussion with German Scholars

Panel Discussion (Virtual) | Speakers: Sarah Panter (Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz) and Sebastian Bondzio (GHI Washington/Roy Rosenzweig Center for New Media and History), Moderator: Jana Keck (GHI Washington)

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Jun 17, 2021

Text Mining with Voyant Tools

DH@GHI Workshop | Speaker: Jana Keck (Research Fellow in Digital History, German Historical Institute Washington)

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Dec 09, 2021

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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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: June 1, 2021 | The GHI Internship Program gives students of history, political science, public relations, and public administration at…

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Watch recording of our virtual panel discussion "Teaching German and Global History with Digital Sources"

If you were unable to watch our panel on "Teaching German and Global History with Digital Sources: Examples from Practice" live, it is now available…

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Event Report

Digital Hermeneutics: From Research to Dissemination

Conference report by Tim van der Heijden C2DH), Juliane Tatarinov C2DH), Gerben Zaagsma (C2DH)

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Digital History

Fourth Annual Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History at GHI Washington

In Washington versammeln sich vom 10. bis 12. Oktober über 40 Forscher*innen aus Europa und den USA am Deutschen Historischen Institut (DHI) um…

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German/European & Jewish History

GHI's new project "German Heritage in Letters" featured in Die Welt

GHI's new project "German Heritage in Letters" was featured in Die Welt. The project will create a digital collection of German-language…

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