Digitizing Early Massachusetts Court Records: 12/9 Shapiro Seminar at the MHS

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Digitizing Early Massachusetts Court Records

Author: Sally Hadden, University of Western Michigan|
Comments: Jessica Otis, George Mason University; Susanna Blumenthal, University of Minnesota

Thursday, 9 December
5:15 PM

Free, Virtual Event - hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society


Massachusetts Superior Court of Judicature records represent one of the fullest collections of colonial court documents in North America, covering the entirety of the eighteenth century. This seminar explores the process of transcribing, annotating, and presenting this information via Mirador, the browser-based interface that gives the end user control over how much or how little information to display. The database used to capture annotations and make them searchable using complex queries will also be described. This project is underwritten by the Ames Foundation and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts.

The Digital History Projects Seminar invites you to join the conversation on Thursday 9 December at 5:15 PM. The seminar brings together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to discuss the inner workings of in-progress projects that depend on digital methods. This session will revolve around the discussion of a pre-circulated paper. After brief remarks from the author and an assigned commentator, the discussion is opened to the floor. All are encouraged to ask questions, provide feedback on the circulated essay, and discuss the topic at hand. Our sessions are free and open to everyone. 

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