Editors’ Choice: Digital El Diario

El Diario de la Gente was an independent newspaper primarily published for and by Chicanx students at the University of Colorado Boulder between 1972 and 1983. Through 62 issues, the newspaper represents the extraordinary yet complicated history of the Chicanx Rights Movement in Boulder, the state of Colorado, and the world. The authors and editors covered a wide range of topics, including boycotts and protests, the tragic events surrounding Los Seis de Boulder, and the friction between the Chicanx student community and the CU Boulder administration. The activist newspaper also served as a creative platform for poetry, art, and literature. This project, Digital El Diario, aims to highlight that history through five interdisciplinary readings of the newspaper that employ Digital Humanities methods, techniques, and values. Most of all, by way of publishing the entire corpus of El Diario, we hope others will explore, interrogate, and celebrate the history of Chicanx student activism…

Digital El Diario is a digital humanities project centered on archival justice and historical recovery of the Chicanx student movement at the University of Colorado Boulder. Using El Diario de la Gente, we created a plain-text corpus and applied computational and digital research methods in order to explore this under-researched yet significant history. The creators are from a wide range of disciplines, including communication, information science, journalism, history, literature, and computer science, and they conducted this research in a graduate course on digital humanities (DHUM 5000: Introduction to Digital Humanities, University of Colorado Boulder).


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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Dana Meyer based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: