Open WPHP Archive Materials Now Available via JSTOR’s Independent Voices

The open access Washington Prison History Project (WPHP) has contributed to a new JSTOR/Reveal Digital collection, Independent Voices. WPHP materials are now available through the American Prison Newspapers portal. 

From the announcement:  

JSTOR has officially launched the American Prison Newspaper (APN) collection with the first six titles. APN is on the JSTOR platform, where our inaugural collection, Independent Voices, also now resides.  

“Inmates hoped that as a voiceless group of people their complaints, their humanity, their dreams could reach the outside world. Prison newspapers did that. The great value of digitizing these newspapers and making its history open is there are endless areas of research that can be done using these materials, both from things like art and typography to the views of voiceless people in the 19th and 20th century; how they chose to express themselves is all contained in the prison press. Such a collection will be immensely valuable.” – James McGrath Morris, author of Jailhouse Journalism

UW Bothell IAS Professor Dan Berger leads the Washington Prison History Project, with UWB Library curator/archivist/librarians Dani Rowland and Denise Hattwig. Library staff provide processing support for the archive.