Below you’ll find a compendium of my favorite mostly free (and mostly open-source) digital tools. This page is a work in progress. Please contact me if you have any suggestions, and come back soon for more.

* Indicates anything that isn’t free, though many institutions maintain subscriptions to these services.



Historic American Newspapers at the Library of Congress Contains full-text and PDF’s of several modern American middlebrow magazines.

Umbra Search: Digitizes and makes searchable all African American materials across University of Minnesota collections.

U.S. Modernism

Van Vechten Photographs: Nearly all of Carl Van Vechten’s photographs have been digitized and are available online.

The Crisis on Google: Google has much of The Crisis digitally available.

The Eugenics Archive: An online archive of manuscripts, photographs, pedigree charts and other archival material related to the American Eugenics Movement.

Women Working, 1890-1930: An aggregate of everything in Harvard’s holdings related to women working, including diaries, institutional records, magazines and photographs.

The Modernist Journals Project: Digitizes U.S. and British modernist periodicals from 1890-1922. (Speaking of 1922, here is Roxane Shirazi’s fantastic article on the impacts of copyright law on modernist periodical studies.)

NYC (Note: As an Instructional Technology Fellow (ITF) at Hunter’s Macaulay Honors College, I consult with professors teaching a course sequence that uses New York City as a jumping-off point. I have therefore accumulated several NYC-specific resources, which I include here in case they are of interest.)

NYC Demographic Data: 2010 census data, NYC census fact-finder, Social Explorer, NYC OpenData

“Researching New York City Neighborhoods” by NYPL: A compendium of resources for researching particular neighborhoods.

Historical maps, photograph, etc. of NYC: NYPL’s digital collections (e.g. Photographic Views of New York City 1870-1970 and Historical NYC Maps and Atlases), NYC Municipal Archives, OldNYCWalking NY


Mapping Tools: StoryMap, SocialExplorer*, Google’s My Maps, Leaflet

Copyright-free content: UnsplashNYPL Digital CollectionsWikimedia CommonsFlickr Commons, Google Advanced Image Search (set “usage rights” to “free to use and share”).

TimelineJS:  Allows users to create timelines.

Juxta Editions*: Gives users a platform to create, edit and publish digital scholarly editions. The first edition is free; after that, you have to purchase a plan. Allows users to annotate any online text, alone or in groups.

Voyant Tools: Allows students to see word counts and word correlations and to create basic data visualizations for a particular text or corpus.

Gephi: Allows users to visualize network systems and find unexpected groupings. (A caveat: I find these graphs cool but inscrutable without a great deal of contextualization and guidance from the researcher. They are best used, to my mind, as an analytical tool, not a presentational one.)


Universal Design for Learning: A helpful website that outlines how to use Universal design principles to make sure your teaching and course materials are accessible to all your students.

Pedagogy & American Literary Studies: Discussion about and resources and strategies for teaching American literature.


Intimate Circles: A project at the Beinecke demonstrating the links between American women in the arts from the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries.

The Modernism Lab: A site that showcases collaborations and ongoing research about the origins of literary modernism.

Open Modernisms: A resource that allows scholars to build anthologies and course-packs from out-of-copyright material.

Making Modernism: An online exhibit of archival materials from the Newberry library about Modernism in Chicago, accompanied by short essays.

Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde: (in beta) A project experimenting with digital and feminist design to facilitate user’s engagement with the work of poet Mina Loy.