Using Voyant: Text Analysis meets Historical Research

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Text analysis is described as “the use of computers as an aide in the interpretation of electronic texts” (Sinclair and Rockwell 242), and is often used as an aid to understand large document collections that are too extensive for a close-reading (Huijnen et al. 72). However, a study by Gibbs and Owens, using a sampling of historians, found that the respondents had little interest in using digital tools as a … Continue reading

Review: 1641 Depositions Project

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  The 1641 Depositions collection consists of 8,000 witness statements recorded by commissions from the outbreak of the Irish Rebellion of 1641 and continuing through to the 1650s. The depositions were deposited in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin in 1741 where they have remained ever since (“The 1641 Depositions Project”; Darcy and Purvis; Clarke 112). They are regarded as a unique corpus of primary source documentation for the time-period; … Continue reading

Archiving History since 1985: The National Security Archive

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  Information doesn’t belong to the government, it belongs to all of us.  (Blanton in Carlson)     Located in the Gelman Library at the George Washington University, USA, the National Security Archive (NS-Archive) is a non-governmental research centre, library and repository for government records and declassified documents. It was founded in 1985 by academics, journalists and historians as an independent non-profit organisation to monitor and challenge the increase of … Continue reading

Brief Overview: The National Security Archive

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Since 1985, the National Security Archive has provided a significant resource for diplomatic, political, and foreign policy historians, researchers in international relations, current affairs, communications and political science, as well as investigative journalists. However, it is not merely a resource for researchers and academic scholarship; it is a resource for the public to access information, become more informed, and so, come up with their own conclusions. A brief overview of their … Continue reading