Imagine a central clearinghouse for letters, manuscripts, and other pieces of evidence used by genealogists, historians, and many academics. A new online hub that researchers can consult to find archival materials is now being proposed.
Social Networks and Archival Context Project, or SNAC, is a collaboration between researchers and developers at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, or IATH, at the University of Virginia, the University of California at Berkeley's School of Information, and the California Digital Library. The project recently finished its pilot stage with the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Another grant, from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support the project through another two years as it adds millions more records and begins beta testing with researchers.