Since its inception, AMCS has fostered cross-disciplinary exchange through collaborative projects large and small, from innovative group research in undergraduate courses to large-scale digital initiatives such as American Lives (described below).
Many of these projects have involved close work with university and community partners, as for example with the Circuit Court Historical Records Project, which brought together Washington University Libraries, the Missouri State Archive, and AMCS students and faculty to digitize and transcribe the Dred Scott Case as well as other freedom suits; Lewis and Clark Expedition-related records; and suits involving Native Americans in the St. Louis Circuit Court Archive.
What follows here is a small subset of the rich projects archive that AMCS has developed over the years.
Throughout its history, the United States has been home to a huge range of cultures, ethnicities, lifestyles, and alliances. Within all this diversity, how do groups and individuals define and express their unique American identities? Scholars of American Culture Studies discuss art, music, religion, the legacy of slavery, and more. Please visit the series homepage here.
The American Lives Project combines oral histories, historical documents, artifacts, sound and visual media in a searchable digital collection that creates a research environment for our multidisciplinary approach to the study of American culture.
The project is structured to break down barriers between categories of primary resources for research, study and teaching. A digital interface enables a fluid, immersive environment that allows users to see how the resources inform each other and the diverse ways we can "read" culture.
Past Fieldwork and Capstone Projects
As part of their major requirements, AMCS students complete both Fieldwork and Capstone Projects. Visit the Past Fieldwork page for more information about what past AMCS students have worked on.
"Remembering 9/11" is a multifaceted archives project that includes collection of 9/11-related artifacts, documentation of memorial events and activities, and facilitation of dialogue about the significance of 9/11 and its aftermath to members of the university community.
The primary goal of developing such an archive is to capture the rich and varied responses to the September 11 tragedy at a single institution, and to invite future examination of the ways that 9/11 memory shapes American experience more broadly. Visit the "Remembering 9/11" site here.