The John Bigelow Collection

Summer IDEaS 2022

Edited by Union College students Ginde Baker, Denali Douglas, and Julian Zapata-Hall

Through digital tools and methods using digitized nineteenth-century letters from Special Collections, students explored the historical material of the John Bigelow Papers through data visualization, including network analysis, mapping, and text analysis.

​​Summer IDEaS is a library-taught and paid student research opportunity whose purpose is to introduce a small cohort of Union College students from across the disciplines to the digital humanities, a field that aims to use digital tools and methods to explore questions from the humanities, as well as critique technology using humanist methods.

Relationships and Ideas

Students explored the relationships, ideas, and challenges of John Bigelow through reflection and data analysis.

The Relationships of John Bigelow, 1860-67

The Abolitionist Network of John Bigelow, 1860-1865

Events and Impacts

John Bigelow and the Second French Invasion of Mexico


Project Reflections


  • publisher
    Union College - Schaffer Library
  • publisher place
    Schenectady, N.Y.