Dr. Rev. Pauli Murray doing research.

Pauli Murray (1910-1985), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill.
Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray was a lawyer, Episcopal priest, human rights activist, co-founder for the National Organization for Women and author of States’ Laws on Race and Color (1951). In 1938, the University rejected the admission of Pauli Murray based on the color of her skin.

Project Outcomes

Read about the outcomes of the On the Books project.

White Paper

The white paper documents our entire workflow for building the corpora and using machine learning to identify racist laws.

Code & Tutorials

Researchers interested in text analysis can access our Python scripts, documented with examples in Jupyter Notebooks.

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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