On the Books Expansion

Thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation, On the Books is expanding!

The University of South Carolina and the University of Virginia are the Partner States that will be working with the On the Books Team to create legal corpora and identify Jim Crow language in their states’ laws. This work is in progress, and is scheduled to go through 2023.

Three Teaching Fellows are developing and delivering college-level instruction modules featuring materials from On the Books. Ellie Campbell, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, is teaching with the materials for the Advanced Legal Research course. Seth Kotch, Associate Professor, is teaching with the materials for the course Historical Analysis of the American South. Eleanor Rambo, Graduate Instructor, is teaching with the materials for the course Composition and Rhetoric. The modules are being taught in courses during the Fall 2022 Semester.

Research Fellows are using products from On the Books in research projects of their own design. The two faculty research fellows are Dr. Frank Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science (UNC at Chapel Hill), and Dr. Megan Winget, Teaching Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science (UNC at Chapel Hill). The graduate student research fellow is Hannah Jacobs, graduate student at the School of Information and Library Science (UNC at Chapel Hill).

The research fellows will present their work at a program sponsored by the University Libraries next year.

The On the Books website is a product of a digital scholarship project and will not be maintained in perpetuity. The site will be reviewed December 31, 2024. Depending on use, funding, and maintenance required, the site may be decommissioned and archived at that time. The text corpora created for this project will be preserved in the Carolina Digital Repository.
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