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Library Research Guide for History 301: Colonial America, 1585 - 1763

Digital Initiatives


The following Digital Initiatives are projects that take a multifaceted approach to advancing public access to scholarship, archives, oral histories, and spatial, temporal, and environmental information relevant to a variety of disciplines, majors, and fields of study.

Lowcountry Digital Library logoThe Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) produces digital collections and projects that support research about the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and historically interconnected sites in the Atlantic World.  LCDL is committed to a multifaceted approach that incorporates historical and anthropological scholarship, oral history, integrative archival practices, digital librarianship, and spatial, temporal, and environmental information. Together with its institutional partners, LCDL helps students, scholars, and a wide range of public audiences develop a better understanding of the history and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry relative to the nation and the world.



Lowcountry Digital History Initiative "The Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI) is a digital public history project hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) at the College of Charleston. Funded through a pilot project grant from the Humanities Council of South Carolina and a major grant award from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, LDHI began development in 2013 and launched in 2014 as a digital consultation service, scholarly editorial resource, and online platform for partner institutions and collaborative scholars to translate multi-institutional archival materials, historic landscape features and structures, and scholarly research into digital public history exhibition projects."



"After Slavery" LDHI logo
This online exhibition and educator resource series focuses on the complex history of emancipation and the period of Reconstruction that followed the American Civil War. After Slavery showcases a rich collection of source materials organized for high school and college/university classroom use. Originally published 2006, redesigned for LDHI in 2013-2014. Updated 2016.





"The Real Rainbow Row" logo 
The Special Collections division at the College of Charleston is pleased to offer a corollary geographic touchstone of Charleston’s queer history and beginning the task of documenting the presence of the LGBTTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, and Agender) community as well as their allies in the Lowcountry. Currently no history of homosexuality of the Charleston area and the Lowcountry exists.  Despite the obstacles and erasures of queer history, this project attests to a strong and vibrant queer past in Charleston and seeks to restore these individuals to their rightful place in our story.

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