American Congress Digital Archives Portal research project request for participation

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Call for Volunteers
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Contemporary History, Political History / Studies, Political Science, Research and Methodology

Dear prospective participant, 

This is a request for your participation in a research project that seeks to digitize congressional archives from institutions around the United States and make them available on a single website. In this project, "congressional archives" refer to the primary sources created by congressional offices that document the work of the United States Congress and individual Members. The project will expand access to historical collections and increase research value by providing context and linkages among them. This project is being conducted by Danielle Emerling and Travis Williamson in the West Virginia University Libraries as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded project, The American Congress Digital Archives Portal. 

You should participate if you are a faculty member, undergraduate or graduate student, or professional or private researcher with experience or interest in using congressional archives in research; a teacher with experience with or interest in instruction with congressional archives; or a curator, archivist, or administrator with experience with or interest in congressional archives. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. You will be given the option to enter to win 1 of 3 Amazon gift cards in the amount of $20 each.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a survey that asks you about your: 1) professional status and discipline; 2) areas and topics of research; 3) documentation types used in the archives; 4) research methods with digital archives; and 5) instruction with congressional archives. Your participation in this project will take approximately 30 minutes. 

Your participation in this project will be kept as confidential as legally possible. All data will be reported in the aggregate. Your participation is entirely voluntary. You may skip any question that you do not wish to answer, and you may stop participating at any time. For students, your class standing will not be affected if you decide not to participate or withdraw. The West Virginia University Institutional Review Board's acknowledgment of this project is on file with the WVU Office of Human Research Protections. 

If you have any questions about this research project, please feel free to contact the Primary Investigator at (304) 293-2574 or by email at Additionally, you can contact the WVU Office of Human Research Protections at (304) 293-7073. 

We hope that you will participate in this research project, as it could help us better understand the uses of congressional archives in research and instruction as we build a digital research portal. Thank you for your time and consideration. 

Link to the survey