Aggregating Great Lakes History Project to Join ARC Community


The Advanced Research Consortium is pleased to announce their collaboration with the Aggregating Great Lakes History project, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Paul Conway at the University of Michigan School of Information. This Great Lakes aggregation project has received a $75,000 grant from the Humanities Without Walls consortium, which is funded by the Mellon Foundation and located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Conway will be working closely with scholars and staff at Texas A&M University’s Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), Performant Software Solutions, professors Robert Markley and Robert Morrissey from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign, students from UI and UMSI, and various digital libraries, including but not limited to the Universities of Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Aggregating Great Lakes History will seek to illuminate the importance of the Midwest as a key historical and cultural region while stimulating collaborative research practices via the technical infrastructure of ARC. We are especially pleased to add this project to our ARC Catalog, an index of over 1.7 million aggregated digital objects that span the medieval period to the modern. Projects collecting thematic content greatly enrich our virtual research environments.

The Aggregating Great Lakes History project will be joining the Advanced Research Consortium alongside the established period-specific ARC nodes. The currently live ARC nodes are comprised of the Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES) at the University of Virginia, 18thConnect at Texas A&M University, and the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) at North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania. Our ARC nodes in active development include the Renaissance Knowledge Network (ReKN) at the University of Victoria and the University of Toronto – Scarborough, and Modernist Networks (ModNets) at Loyola University – Chicago. Another thematic node plans to join the ARC community this Spring 2015: Studies in Radicalism Online at Michigan State University (SiRO).

ARC, the IDHMC, and Texas A&M look forward to announcing the upcoming launch and accomplishments of the Aggregating Great Lakes History project, and our other developing ARC nodes, in the near future.



For more information, please see the following links.
Conway study assembling digital collection of Great Lakes history (University of Michigan Press Release)