Latah County Historic Sites Digital Map Project Fellowship

This application is now closed.

Questions? Contact Dulce Kersting-Lark, Head of Special Collections and Archives, at

Project Description

The Latah Preservation Commission (LPC), a citizen commission dedicated to documenting and protecting the historic built environment of the county, publishes a physical map of historic sites and provides it as a free resource to the public. It features 90 historic locations, described in two to three sentences, and plotted on a map of the county. The University of Idaho Library’s Special Collections and Archives department has been approached by LPC to assist with translating the physical map into a digital collection and hosting it. The Library has a track record of supporting community projects through technical services and content creation. Given the richness of the map’s written content, it promises to be a useful online tool. At this time, however, the map does not include any photos of the identified sites. In order to enhance the digital collection for a variety of users, we propose augmenting the current map with both contemporary and historic photos of each location.

Call for Applications

We invite students at U of I to apply for a $4,500 fellowship that will fund the translating of LPC’s physical map of local historic sites into a digital collection and interactive map. The fellow’s scope of work would include:

  1. Take contemporary photos of each location listed on the historic sites map
  2. Gather at least one historic image of each location from Spec holdings or from a local historical group
  3. Assemble metadata for the collection, drawing heavily on the written descriptions already created by LPC
  4. Use metadata and digital images create a working map, using the CollectionBuilder framework
  5. Present site to LPC

The fellow should plan to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week between September and December in order to accomplish the goals of the project. This award includes a $4,500 student fellowship given as a stipend and up to $500 in funds to help cover the cost of traveling to take pictures.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit:

  1. A letter of no more than 500 words detailing their interest in this project, any related course work or experiences that would inform this project, and who the fellowship would supplement their educational experience at the University of Idaho.
  2. A current resume or CV.
  3. A letter of support from a U of I faculty member. (The faculty member may assist the student in preparing the application, but the application must be the student’s own work.)

Applications are due by midnight and a decision will be announced within two weeks of the deadline.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Application materials are clearly written and demonstrate the applicant’s understanding of the nature and purpose of the project, how the project would be a benefit to their education, and it includes a plan for accomplishing project goals.
  • Student is prepared for the project (coursework, experience, interest and ability to navigate and use primary sources, etc.)
  • Faculty member has submitted supportive recommendation.