The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) is a collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820. Open to the public for research and teaching purposes, EADA is published and supported by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) under the general editorship of Professor Ralph Bauer, at the University of Maryland at College Park. Founded in 2001 and Intended as a long-term and inter-disciplinary project in progress committed to exploring the intersections between traditional humanities research and digital technologies, EADA functions as an early example of crowd-sourced scholarship which invites scholars from all disciplines to submit their own editions of early American texts for publication on this site. Texts may be submitted with or without introductions and annotations, as fully marked-up .xml documents or as “plain-text” files. Full credit is given to contributing guest editors for their work.
As Associate Director at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, Carl Stahmer migrated EADA’s code-base to a php/mySql database backbone and added automated validation and normalization functionality to the submission gateway.
Visit the Early Americas Digital Archive at mith.umd.edu/eada/.