While preparing for Wednesday’s class, I visited Du Bois Central, UMass Amherst’s wonderful website dedicated to all things Du Bois, and stumbled on a fascinating new project with a funny name — DuBoisopedia. It’s like Wikipedia, except its scope is limited to content related to the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois. According to the site, it was “created as a collaborative project that offers a forum to students and researchers who wish to share knowledge acquired either from their interactions with the Du Bois Papers, held at the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at UMass Amherst, or from their interactions with the published writings of Du Bois and Du Bois criticism.” Although the amount of content is limited at this point, there is already some great stuff, such as The Brownies’ Book, a children’s magazine that Du Bois founded in the early 1920s that featured materials written by black authors for black children. Relevant to our discussion this week, there is also an entry on Souls of Black Folk, which contains a scan of a page from the original handwritten manuscript.
[Since it is a wiki, anyone can add content. In that spirit, I’m offering extra credit to anyone in the class who adds substantive content (either a new entry or a significant revision of an existing entry) to the website. In addition to getting extra credit, your contribution will count for two Class Reflection Posts. Please let me know either this week or next if you plan to take this option.]