Let us introduce ourselves...
Last Seen is powered by graduate students, (back row) James Chris Byrd, Bonnie Loden, (front row) Daniel Runyon, Margaret Strolle, Karyna Hlyvynska. MA students in History at Villanova--when they are not in class and writing papers--they scour microfilmed newspapers searching for ads.
They scroll and squint and, when they find ads, they copy them, photoshop them so they are legible, and they load them up to the site. That's where you come in. Sign up now to transcribe the ads.
Judy Giesberg, Professor of History, Villanova University; Margaret Jerrido, Archivist at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia; and Carole Emberton, Professor of History, SUNY Buffalo, direct the project.