The Fillmore School in 1877 has been created through my fellowship from the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Fellow Program initiated by the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My work has been supported by a group of scholars, students, archivists, genealogists and families from various institutions and organizations.
First of all, I would like to thank Drs. Bobby Allen, Pam Lach and Michael Newton of the Digital Innovation Lab for bringing me to the world of digital humanities. Their critical questions and advice prompted me to think how digital techniques can reveal untold histories.
The Fillmore School Project Team
Second, I would like to show my appreciation to the Fillmore School project team. Bailey Jones worked as a research assistant from February to June 2014. It would have been impossible to transcribe and process more than 650 data entries on time without her prompt and precise work. Stephanie Barnwell of the Digital Innovation Lab managed the project plan, finances, coordinated meetings and advised me on project documentation. Bailey, Stephanie and I worked together to move the project forward.
Technological and Methodological Support
As a CDHI fellow, I was privileged to acquire new digital tools to enhance my historical research. I would like to thank Dr. Rebecca G. Dobbs for teaching me the ArcGIS software and introducing me to the field of historical GIS. I also would like to express my gratitude to Amanda Henley of Davis Library for teaching me ArcGIS online. Dr. Marten Düring taught me historical network analysis. This website project could have not been done without their tutelage.
I also like to thank my advisors, Drs. Heather A. Williams and W. Fitz Brundage for encouraging me to engage in a digital history project and for their advice in understanding the importance of the Fillmore School in the racial desegregation struggle of Creoles of color in New Orleans.
New Orleans Archives and Institutions
This website cannot be made without the generosity of various archives in New Orleans.
University of New Orleans
I would like to thank Dr. Florence Jumonville and James Lien of the University of New Orleans, Louisiana Special Collection for allowing me to examine the Fillmore School register and display my work online.
At the Notary Archive, Sally K. Reeves kindly permitted me to use the Robinson Atlas of 1883 for digitally mapping the Fillmore students’ addresses and assisted me in finding the information about the school.
New Orleans Public Library
I also would like to mention Irene Wainwright and Greg Osborn of the New Orleans Public Library for letting me use photos from their collection and sharing their knowledge about the history of Creoles of color.
I have received immense supports from New Orleans scholars, archivists, genealogists and families whose ancestors sent their sons to the Fillmore School in 1877.
Dr. Al Kennedy shared his profound knowledge of the Orleans Parish School Board records with me. Gena Chattin of the Earl K. Long Library directed me to the digital version of the school board minutes. Drs. Mary N. Mitchell, Connie Z. Atkinson and Caryn Cossé Bell connected me with various New Orleans historians and shared their knowledge of local historical materials.
I cannot thank enough for the generous help from Lolita Cherrie and Jari Honora in identifying students of Creole descent, and Madame Barbara Trevigne and Tami Bertonneau Hurd for sharing their family histories. I also like to thank Dr. Thomas Bertonneau and Fay Baldwin for their generous permission to use their family photos for my website.
Last but not least, I am grateful to Dr. Guenter Bischof for introducing me to the circles of New Orleans intellectual communities and the Bischof, Boulet and Roff families who helped make my stay in New Orleans comfortable and enjoyable. As a native Japanese speaker, writing in English is always a challenge, Michele Fletcher has helped me and taught me how to convey my thoughts effectively in my second language.
I hope that this project will not only add to the emerging field of digital history but also contribute revealing unknown parts of New Orleans and family histories. I wish to learn more about them from your insights, too.