Mapping the African American Past Website Wins Archivist Round Table Award

NEW YORK, October 1, 2009 -- Mapping the African American Past (MAAP), developed by CCNMTL in partnership with Curriculum Concepts International (CCI) and Teachers College and funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, is the recipient of the 2009 Award for Innovative Use of Archives from the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART). The award recognizes the use of archival material in a meaningful and creative way, making a significant contribution to a community or body of people, and demonstrating the relevance of archival materials to its subjects. Distinguished past recipients of this award include the Coney Island History Project (2008), the Civil War Tombstones Project (2007), and the Darwin exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History (2006).

MAAP is a public website created to enhance the appreciation and study of significant sites and moments in the history of African Americans in New York from the early 17th-century through the recent past. The website is a geographic learning environment, enabling students, teachers, and visitors to browse a multitude of locations in New York and read encyclopedic profiles of historical people and events associated with these locations. The site is enhanced by selected film and music clips; photographs, documents, archival maps from Columbia University and New York Public Libraries; and commentary from Columbia faculty and other experts. MAAP also includes podcasts and a mobile version of the site.

CCNMTL will accept MAAP's award at a ceremony held on October 23, 2009 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning was founded at Columbia University in 1999 to enhance teaching and learning through the purposeful use of new media. In partnership with faculty, the Center supports efforts ranging from basic course website management to advanced project development. CCNMTL also extends the scope and reach of its work with strategic initiatives that engage educators, researchers, librarians, partner institutions, and the community in the reinvention of education for the digital age. For more information, please visit

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