Welcome to the American Biography Showcase

This course investigated the literature and lives of several key writers in mid-19thcentury America, with an emphasis on the genre and demands of biography. The final project asked students to identify a person in our archives, write a substantial biographical portrait of that person based on primary and secondary sources, and develop some form of digital scholarship to compliment the portrait. This site is dedicated to showcasing those portraits.

Recently Added Items

John A. Otte: Photograph in China


A photograph of Dr. John Abraham Otte while he was practicing medicine in China.

The Life of John J. Jackson


A biographical profile written about John J. Jackson by Courtney Fall.

John J. Jackson: Diary Scan

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A .pdf containing scans of John J. Jackson's diary.