Monroe Nathan Work (August 15, 1866–May 2, 1945) was an African American sociologist who founded the Department of Records and Research at the Tuskegee Institute in 1908.
Among his work is the Negro Year Book, written in the early 1990’s, a publication that incorporated his periodic summation of lynching reports, which resulted in the Tuskegee Institute becoming one of the most quoted and undisputed sources on this form of racial violence. These resources were the largest of their kind in an era when scholarship by and about black Americans was highly inaccessible, and overlooked or ignored by most academics in the US.
Work received the Harmon Award in Education in 1928 for his research and involvement in the Negro Year Book and his work on A Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America. (Linda O. McMurry)
The Monroe Work Today Project
AUUT Studio designs digital projects with scholars and researchers, utilizing interactivity, visualizations, and maps alongside compelling stories and the primary documents. The concepts normally laid out in text are set in motion for a user to interact with and assemble.
In 2016, AUUT studio created a remarkable website, The Monroe Work Today. The website highlights the life and work of Work and features an interactive application, which allows users to view Work’s lynching data on a map of the United States. Users can zoom into a region of interest, then click on a site to investigate the lynching data related to the site. Users can also search for results.
To enter the Monroe Work Today mapping application click here