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Lisa Reilly - Harlem Renaissance

Category: 
Humanities
Department: 
Architectural History
Supervising Faculty Member: 
Reilly, Lisa
Research Focus: 

This project will map the sites and people of the Harlem Renaissance and their interactions beginning with poet Anne Spencer and her paper in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVA.

Position Description: 

The Harlem Renaissance Mapping Project seeks a student research assistant interested in working with the Anne Spencer papers at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVA. Our research will focus on identifying the many prominent visitors to Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer's house in Lynchburg, the timing of their visits, and their writings, often in the form of letters, about their visitors. Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, and James Weldon Johnson were among the frequent visitors to the Spencer home and garden. Research will also focus on Anne and her husband Edward's travel to other locations, in Washington DC and elsewhere, associated with the Harlem Renaissance. This research will contribute to digital tour information for the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum as well as a larger digital mapping project on the Harlem Renaissance which seeks to represent visually the geographical range of the movement, which despite its name was not limited to Harlem, as well as the rich intellectual and artistic connections, both nationally and internationally, it fostered.

Required Skills: 

It would be helpful if the researcher could read cursive or be willing to learn given that many of the primary source materials are handwritten letters and notes. 

Training/Certification: 
None required
What will you learn: 

How to use archival and primary resource materials.
How to organize and present research findings.
How to create a StoryMap project.
How to map sites using GIS.