The Carl Albert Center Exploration Space
A Digital Archival Classroom
The Carl Albert Center Exploration Space allows students to deepen their knowledge of the digital humanities and showcase projects built around materials from the Carl Albert Center’s Congressional Collections. The Center uses this platform in the classroom, in the archives, and as part of its outreach programs. It was built using tools made available by the create.ou.edu initiative.
Other CAC Digital Initiatives
Every semester the Carl Albert Center, in partnership with the Institute for American Constitutional Heritage, offers a course that explores an issue that stands at the intersection of politics, Congress, and the Constitution. This classroom experience introduces students to the challenges of archival research, while also expanding their knowledge of emerging digitial technologies such as text analysis and geocoding. In the course, students engage in project based learning that culminates in online exhibits.
The holdings at the Carl Albert Center offer a unique opportunity to create powerful datasets about a range of political issues. Over the past year, the Center has supported a number of projects to code archival materials for graduate and undergraduate student research projects. Past projects have explored a range of topics including public opinion and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We are also currently coding a source in our collections that will allow scholars to illuminate the social networks that develop between members of congress and their constituents.
The Carl Albert Center's Local Digitial History Lab is a project based initiative that focuses on preserving history and highlighting important policy issues in the state of Oklahoma. It combines the archival resources at the Center with materials and experiences donated by the public. The first series of lab events focus on the intersection between environment, extreme weather, and public policy in the state.