Researchers at Northeastern University are compiling a digital archive devoted to the Boston Marathon bombings, the university announced today in a statement.
The “Our Marathon” project is sponsored by Northeastern’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and
Networks, and will include photos, videos, and social media related to the attacks. The team will hold a series of public outreach events this summer to collect materials. The researchers are also exploring partnerships with government officials, media organizations, and other universities to expand the archive.
“This archive is really a way to help with healing process and preserve these memories for the historical record,” Ryan Cordell, an assistant professor of English and Our Marathon’s project manager said in the statement. “We want to capture as many materials as we can that help tell the stories—not just the what happened, but how people experienced what happened.”
The university’s announcement comes several weeks after city workers and archivists collected keepsakes from the marathon and stored them in the city archives in West Roxbury.
“It’s been really touching to see the way the world has come out to support our city. A lot of these signs are in different languages, that’s a really beautiful thing,” archivist Marta Crilly told the Globe earlier this month. “So I’m really happy that these things are going to be preserved, and that this part of Boston’s beautiful history, this outpouring of love, is going to be documented for people to see.”
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