The Digital PV Panther Project
Our mission at the Digital PV Panther Project is to eliminate historical silences through digital storytelling and prevent the erasure of African American history through historic preservation at PVAMU.
By processing, digitizing, and broadly disseminating primary historical resources at PVAMU, the Digital PV Panther Project will help future generations reach a consensus about the past and reflect on our quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society.
The Digital PV Panther Project reminds Americans that not only do the basic goals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness endure over time, but so do the challenges of redressing the legacy of slavery and segregation and strengthening our democratic institutions.
Since the summer of 2022, the Digital PV Panther Project has hired almost 20 student research assistants and purchased an estimated $100,000 in equipment to rejuvenate our digitization preservation initiatives.
300+ reel-to-reel audio tapes of speeches, lectures, and events in the 70s
86" & 66" Inch Touchscreen Displays and State-of-the-Art Digital Exhibition Software
$40,000+ of high quality scanning equipment
On October 21, 2023, the Digital PV Panther Project worked with archaeologists at Legacy Cultural Resources, the Wyatt Chapel Descendants Committee, and the Waller County Historical Society to conduct an Archaeological Pedestrian Survey of Wyatt Chapel Community Cemetery.
In November, the PVAMU Department of Languages and Communication hosted the Texas Made Hip Hop Seminar on campus, and Digital PV Panther Project team member Kendall Douglass immersed himself in the symposium. Delving into the extraordinary odyssey of hip-hop, he details his experience in this blog post…
In early November 2023, PVAMU Acquisitions Librarian Sharon Barnes and Library Associate Sabrina Francis coordinated the efforts of a host of students, staff, and, scholars to curate an exhibition for Veteran’s Day in the John B. Coleman Library. The exhibition was truly a team effort and a big hit!
We have successfully closed grants from National Endowment for the Humanities and the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, processed numerous manuscript collections, digitized over 200 analog recordings from the 1970s and 80s, and published a host of digital exhibitions on our website.
The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) funded the processing of more than 31 manuscript collections through TexTreasures Grant
Finding Aids Created
The National Endowment for the Humanities funded the student workers who created more than 31 finding aids, which serve as a model for all future processing projects!
2 New Courses
In Fall 2023, the Digital PV Panther Project worked with Dr. Bequita Pegram and Dr. Malachi Crawford to develop a new History program minor in Digital Storytelling as well as 2 new courses: HIST 3330: Intro to Digital Storytelling and HIST 3331: Podcasting Oral History.
Black Digital Humanities
We recognize the importance of elevating the HBCU experience through historic preservation. By collaborating to achieve common goals, we hope to re-build the sense of community lost during the pandemic. By promoting the institutional history of PVAMU, the Digital PV Panther Project gives students and other stakeholders a sense of purpose about promoting the Black experience!