We have been working on CPC for almost three years, focusing on building partnerships and filling the site with valuable metadata about presidential collections. With 30 partners and metadata about more than 280,000 digital items, we are now turning out attention to spreading the word about this great website and its valuable resources. (But don’t fear—we are still adding partners and collections too!)
This week we are beginning to reach out to our partners and members of our community to catch them up on the work we have been doing. We want to highlight some specific parts of our project that will be useful to them and their audiences.
First, the site itself—Connecting Presidential Collections—continues to promote presidential collections by partnering with organizations that have digital collections about or by the U.S. presidents. We bring together the descriptive information about our partners’ collections so that users can search across them. Then users can click through to the partners’ sites to see the digital item. CPC gives users the opportunity to search across presidential collections no matter where they are physically located. It easily connects users to the presidential collections they are looking for.
We are always looking for new partners. So if you have a digital collection on the U.S. presidents, please get in touch with us. We would love to add your metadata to CPC and send users to your site.
Before and during this grant project, we talked to many organizations that can’t participate in CPC because they don’t have digital collections available online. In response, we developed Digital Development Resources for organizations that might need a little bit of help digitizing their collections, finding funding, and making them available online. The Digital Development resources include information about:
- Communicating on the web
- Creating effective metadata
- Why digital development matters
Please share these resources with your friends and community.
CPC also provides users with a Catalog of Presidential Materials. If you are a user, you can browse presidential collections, sites, and libraries across the country. If your organization or collection is in the catalog, please review your entry and let us know if we are accurately summarizing your collection. Send us revisions or updates if we missed any presidential collections or organizations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally CPC has been working on Educational Resources for teachers. Right now CPC has unveiled a great resource for people teaching presidential history in colleges and universities. We partnered with Assistant Professor of History Kathryn Brownell of Purdue University to offer her work on “Recasting Presidential History in the Classroom.” This project considers the study of the U.S. presidency from a sociocultural perspective, using primary documents from CPC and other archives to rethink presidential history.
We would love help spreading the word about CPC. Please take a look at our publicity page and tweet about CPC and reach out to your audiences—whether they are students and teachers who are interested in primary sources or presidential history buffs who just can’t get enough. Also if you are a partner, please promote your involvement with the project.
And always please reach out to us if you have any questions.