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Project Contracts – Industrial America Course

Project Contracts

Voices of Industrial America Project Contracts 

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

New College of Florida

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Voices of Industrial America Contract Guidelines

Project contract due dates:

February 11 – Project contract drafts due

February 25 – Final project contracts due

Note: While the COPLAC Voices contracts differ some from the earlier COPLAC Century America course contracts, please take a moment read through some of these earlier contracts. They will give you ideas for how to construct your contracts.  http://course.centuryamerica.org/project-contracts/

Below are the components required for each project contract.

Project Description:

  • What is the purpose of your project?
  • What are the goals of your project?
  • Who is your audience?
  • Why is this project important?

Project Plan:

  • Overall Project design:
    • What are the topical sections of your project?
    • What Omeka layout options do you plan on using?
  • Project organization:
    • Organization: How will each section be organized ?Will there be any sub-sections?
    • Selection: What primary and/or secondary sources do you plan on using for each topic? What types of media will you include in your final project? How do you plan on obtaining permission to use the archival materials in your project?
    • Narrative: For each topic, what story will the primary sources and narrative tell?
    • Item Description: Core metadata fields will be required for each item : title, subject, description, date, rights, type. Optional fields: creator, coverage, language. As you work on your archival research and the creation of this project, how will you keep a record of information to populate these metadata fields in the final project?    
  • Additional sections:
    • Include a bibliography section. Cite all materials in Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
    • Include an about section. Provide bibliographical information about yourself and acknowledge COPLAC and Teagle Foundation support (can also include logos).

Project technologies:

  • Projects will be built in Omeka.
  • What other technologies do you plan on using (file organization, file/image editing, timeline, mapping, social media, etc.)?
    • You will be required to include either an interactive timeline or a map in your final project. We will provide training on both types of tools.

Project Timeline:

  • Provide a detailed list of project milestones and due dates.
  • Include the following dates in your timeline.
    • Draft of digital project due: March 29
    • Final digital project due: April 21


  • How do you plan on splitting up the work of the project? Who will do what?
  • How do you plan on communicating with your team member? How do you plan on sharing documents/files?