The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is an easy-to-use online database of thousands of African Americans from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Unlike other primary source resources, The HistoryMakers Digital Archive provides high-quality video content, fully searchable transcripts, and unique content from individuals whose life stories would have been lost were it not for The HistoryMakers.
Each of the HistoryMakers featured in The HistoryMakers Digital Archive are separated into fifteen distinct categories (i.e. – Art, Civics, Education, Law, Religion, STEM, etc.), and the corpus is searchable by subject and keyword, in addition to an innovative inferential indexing system. The life stories and experiences of the individual HistoryMakers interviewed for The HistoryMakers Collection show the vast diversity of African American contribution and achievement in America, and abroad. They span a broad range in terms of education, economic and social status, political affiliations and religious beliefs; they exhibit origins ranging from New England to Hawaii; and they share personal and family memories stretching from the 1700s to the present. Also found in the collection are thousands of little known histories: Blacks on Wall Street; Blacks in Hollywood; Black scientists, and others. They include:
• Vernon Jordan escorting Charlayne Hunter-Gault as she integrated the University of Georgia;
• Katherine Johnson’s calculation of John Glenn’s orbit;
• 211 of the nation’s top scientists;
• The false accusation, capture, imprisonment, and acquittal of Angela Davis;
• Alonzo Pettie, the oldest living black cowboy;
• and the stories of Harry Belafonte, Mellody Hobson, Savion Glover, Melissa Harris-Perry, former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, Charles Blow, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, and President Barack Obama (while he was still an Illinois State Senator), among thousands of others.
The ever increasing corpus – only searchable within The HistoryMakers Digital Archive – has now been licensed to colleges, universities, and public libraries in the U.S., making this unique content available through the click of a button. The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is the realization of The HistoryMakers efforts to mainstream African American history, and bring it to the forefront.
The ScienceMakers Digital Archive contains videotaped life oral history interviews with 213 of the nation's top African American scientists including NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson who was featured in the Hollywood movie “Hidden Figures” and atmospheric scientist Dr. Warren Washington, one of the leading experts in climate change. With $2.3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the ScienceMakers interviews were completed in the scientists’ homes, offices or laboratories. Representing the fields of science, technology, and mathematics, the resulting collection is now the largest video oral history collection of African American scientists in the world.
The ScienceMakers’ interviews are also featured in their entirety with over 900 hours of first person stories of family background, schooling, career paths, mentors, adversities and successes and scientific accomplishments. The scientists interviewed represent a wide variety of professions: Aeronautics & Astronautics (5), Physics (46), Chemistry (33), Engineering (28), Mathematics (20), Astronomy (2), Biology (23), Computer Science (20), and Earth Science (9). They also represent diverse geographic areas with the highest density residing in twelve areas including Los Angeles, California (12), San Francisco, California (14), Atlanta, Georgia (19), Norfolk, Virginia (6), New Jersey/New York City (14), Boston/Providence/Hanover (22), Washington, D.C. (34), Baltimore/Philadelphia/Delaware (23), Michigan (12), Southeast Texas (11), Durham, North Carolina (6) and Chicago, Illinois (8). Users of the ScienceMakers Digital Archive say they find the stories of the intriguing, inspiring and educational.
There is NO cost to access the ScienceMakers Digital Archive as long as you become a free member.