This project would not have been possible without the help and ideas of a number of individuals and organizations. Anyone who seeks to continue researching William B. Whiteside or create a website for their senior project would be wise to seek their help.

Key Individuals

Jason Stacy

Dr. Jason Stacy, a history professor, was the first person to suggest creating a digital product for my senior project, due to my computer science minor. Without that suggestion, I would likely still have written a traditional paper like most other students. When he first made that suggestion, I had not even begun researching Whiteside with Dr. Paulett, so the idea of a digital project is older than the topic. Since then, Dr. Stacy has provided recurrent feedback to my topic and the digital form it would take. Much of how the website is organized was his idea. Dr. Stacy is not only an idea man though; he is an excellent teacher and mentor.

Dr. Stacy was also among the first professors in the history department to get involved in the Whiteside project. He was the one who walked to the obelisk and read the names off it. He also recommended to me to take the Whiteside project class with Dr. Paulett, thus beginning my involvement.

Robert Paulett

Dr. Paulett's specialization in colonial and frontier America was the closest fit for the Whiteside project in the history department; therefore, he was the professor of the first Whiteside project course, which I took. Thus his influence on this website's content is probably the largest of anyone other than myself. Dr. Paulett has written about frontier landscapes and colonial relations with Native Americans in his book, An Empire of Small Places: Mapping the Southeastern Anglo-Indian Trade, 1732 - 1795. He was also a major push for presenting historical arguments in formats other than linear books and journal articles, challenging me to create an argument that would not have been better off just written as a traditional paper. Dr. Paulett has both provided invaluable insight on my interpretations, while also giving me the freedom to pursue the ideas that interest me.

Jessica DeSpain

Dr. Jessica DeSpain is an English professor with an interest in digital humanities. I have had the privilege to work with her on The Wide, Wide World Digital Edition for two years, during which time I have gained valuable experience in digital processing and presentation of historical artifacts, in this case 19th century books. For this project, Dr. DeSpain used her digital humanities connections to give me server space, including an interactive map section. Without her, this website would likely only consist of static pages.

William R. Whiteside

William R. Whiteside is a retired special education professor from SIUE who has done extensive genealogy research on the Whitesides since the 1970s. This project would not have happened without his research. When history faculty first started researching Whiteside, they found a copy of William R. Whiteside’s research at the Edwardsville Public library. In early 2016 I contacted Dr. Whiteside and met with him in person, where he was gracious enough to loan me copies of his extensive binders of research, which revealed more sources than in the library’s copy. Dr. Whiteside also proofread my biography of Whiteside, correcting any inaccuracies.


The following provided valuable contributions to the project. I am thankful to all of them. All professors and instructors are employed at SIUE. In alphabetical order they are:

  • Dr. Erik Alexander, history professor
  • for letting me explain this project to a number of his 301 classes
  • Dr. Undrah Baasanjav, mass communications professor
  • for teaching me about media queries and Creative Commons licensing
  • Dr. Dennis Bouvier, computer science professor
  • for teaching me how to produce a website, including the languages of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP
  • Dr. Stacey R. Brown, geography professor
  • for teaching me how to Georeference and where to get aerial images of SIUE
  • Dr. Richard Brugam, biology professor
  • for sharing PDF copies of his papers on SIUE ecology and providing research advice
  • Madison County Historical Society
  • for various research help, including finding copies of Madison County plat maps, local census records, and other local history records
  • Dr. Donald Flory, environmental science lecturer
  • for teaching me basic environmental science
  • Dr. Laura Fowler, history professor
  • for research help regarding Illinois history and historiography
  • Brian Hinterscher, academic advisor
  • for giving me the idea to link the logo image back to the landing page
  • Dr. Christienne Hinz, history professor
  • for teaching my first class of my senior project, which included discussing historical theory and my senior project
  • Dr. Julie Holt, anthropology professor
  • for helping with historical archaeology at SIUE, including sending me senior projects from anthropology students and giving me access to the buckle
  • Dr. Bryan Jack, history professor
  • for letting me explain this project to one of his 301 classes and helping interpret Whiteside’s slave ownership
  • Dr. Matthew Johnson, English professor
  • for teaching me a distinction between non-linear and multilinear narratives
  • Dr. Steve Kerber, university archivist
  • for helping me research William R. Whiteside and explaining the small cabin on Whiteside’s property today
  • Katie Knowles, IRIS Center Project Manager
  • for linking to this website on the digital humanities libguide
  • Dr. Shi Li, mass communications professor
  • for teaching basic digital photography and improving my Adobe Photoshop skills, which, for this project, was most helpful for my editing the background image
  • Michele Lorenzini, anthropology instructor
  • for giving me an overview of historical archaeology at SIUE, which led me to contact Dr. Holt
  • Madison County Recorder Amy M. Meyer and Staffer Casey Hutson
  • for helping me find land documents related to the Whiteside property
  • Dr. Jeffrey Manuel, history professor
  • for discussing digital humanities and various examples of professional history websites
  • Anthony Mayes, ITS Technical Associate
  • for providing technical assistance in setting up the website
  • William P. Shannon, IV, Curator of St. Clair County Historical Society
  • for help researching various aspects of local history, such as the 1811 earthquake, the cholera epidemic of 1833, travel narratives, and relations between the French in St. Louis and the French in Cahokia
  • Matthew Paris, history librarian
  • for research help at Lovejoy Library
  • Dr. Cory Willmott, anthropology professor
  • for teaching me about Native American cultures and providing research help on Native American topics

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