Digital History Project

Digital History Project

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    Digital History Project

What is the Digital History Project?

As time passes, the artifacts and possessions of previous generations can slip away. To help preserve these pieces of history in a technological world, the Utica College Center for Historical Research has embarked on the Digital History Project. The goal of the project is to collect and curate a digital archive of the Mohawk Valley.

What Will We Accept?

We accept a wide range of submissions, including diaries and letters, photographs, deeds, military papers—any documents—and even artifacts such as paintings, tools or clothing.     

Submitting Artifact(s) 

Please be aware that we do not keep any artifacts that you submit to us.  All submissions will be returned to the owner once they have been entered into the Center's digital archive.  

Step 1: Contact Us

Tell us what you have.  We will arrange a date and time to meet with you either at Utica College or a mutually agreed upon location.

Step 2: We Arrange A Meeting

Either the Director of the Center for Historical Research or one of our interns will meet with you to collect your artifact(s). Whomever meets with you will ask a few basic questions so we can gather as much background information as possible.

Step 3: We Digitize Your Artifact(s) 

All submissions will be digitized and entered into our collection.  After this process is completed, the Center for Historical Research will return the item(s) and provide you with a
 digital copy of your artifact(s).  

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Meet Our Team:


Professor David Wittner, PhD

Director of the Center for Historical Research
Phone: (315) 792-3332
Office: 124 DePerno Hall

David Wittner is a former Fulbright Fellow and is internationally recognized for his work on nineteenth century technology transfer. He is a Professor of East Asian History and received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. 
Professor Wittner is a specialist in modern Japanese history, the history of technology, and material culture studies.   He also has interests in industrial preservation and cultural resource management. His latest book, Technology and the Culture of Progress in Meiji Japan examines cultural symbolism and technology transfer in the iron and silk reeling industries from Europe to Japan during the nineteenth century. 
He has authored numerous book chapters and articles, as well as a short biography of Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Professor Wittner teaches Japanese, Chinese, and World History.  He formerly served as Chair for the departments of History, Government and Politics, and International Studies.

Anthony Rydell

Anthony began his internship with the Center for Historical Research in Fall 2015.  He is a freshman history major at Utica College and a member of Herodotus: The History Club.  Although he has not yet identified a specific area of interest, he enjoys studying American history.

Marie Grace Nibigira


Marie Grace Nibigira is currently a first semester junior at Utica College. She is an International Studies major, a member of the United Nations Club, and secretary of the newly formed Go Club.  Although she is an International Studies major, Grace is equally passionate about history.  She began her internship with the Center for Historical Research in Spring 2016.  

Selma Oprasic


Selma is a third year history major.  She began working with the Center in the summer of 2016. Her responsibilities rest primarily with creating metadata and digitizing historical documents.  Selma's primary interest is post-Civil War American history.

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Center for Historical Research
(315) 792-3756

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