Over $1M awarded to Professor Ian Milligan's Archives Unleashed

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Stack of Internet Servers with title/logo of "Internet Archives"

Congratulations to History professor, Dr. Ian Milligan and his interdisciplinary research team on the recent $1m grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant supports the next phase of the Archives Unleashed project that Professor Milligan leads.  “We do innovative interdisciplinary work across the Tri-University Program that showcases the diverse approaches and outcomes of historical research in the 21st century,” Dr. Milligan says. “I’m thrilled to be able to keep working with students and colleagues as we help make at-scale digital analysis accessible to humanities and social science scholars.”

Dr. Milligan’s team includes graduate students.  Dr. Sarah McTavish worked on the project during her PhD.  “The Archives Unleashed Project has given me the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration with scholars from all over the world,” Dr. McTavish says of the project. “For my dissertation, I used the Archives Unleashed Toolkit to perform historical research using the web as a primary source. However, through documenting my own research methods and learning process, I've been able to produce a number of learning guides and workshops with the goal of making this type of research accessible to all scholars.”

You can read more about the project in this Arts story or in this article in the Waterloo Region Record: "Waterloo Researchers land $1 million grant for early internet archival project."

We do innovative interdisciplinary work across the Tri-University Program that showcases the diverse approaches and outcomes of historical research in the 21st century. I’m thrilled to be able to keep working with students and colleagues as we help make at-scale digital analysis accessible to humanities and social science scholars.

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