Digital Projects

A student studies at the bar seating area of Whispers Cafe with a view of the Newman Tower stairs in the background.

Digital projects are joint efforts between Washington University in St. Louis’ faculty and other supporting archives, societies, museums, collectives, and more. The digital projects are often born-digital and are freely available online through Washington University’s open-source platforms.

Selected Digital Projects

The selected digital projects on this page are just a portion of the Washington University Libraries’ digital projects. A wider array may be discovered through the Digital Search Tools page.

Digital Projects in Music

Special Collections from the Gaylord Music Library include several digital projects, including exhibits, publications, and sheet music collections.

See the Digital Projects in Music page for more information.

Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP)

Funded by the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Educational Society, the NNP is dedicated to becoming the primary and most comprehensive resource for numismatic research and reference material, initially concentrating on U.S. Coinage and Currency.

Selections from the Newman Numismatic Portal is a collection of digital exhibits featuring rare and unique items from the NNP.

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Selections from the Newman Numismatic Portal

Documenting Ferguson

Documenting Ferguson is a freely available resource that seeks to preserve and make accessible the digital media captured and created by community members following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014. Our project has the ultimate goal of providing diverse perspectives on the events in Ferguson and the resulting social dialogue.

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The Revised Dred Scott Case Collection

In 1846, Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. This suit began an eleven-year legal fight that ended in the U.S. Supreme Court. This collection is an expanded and updated – or revised – version of the original Dred Scott Case Collection. The collection was expanded from eighty-five (85) to one hundred and eleven (111) documents, over 400 pages of text. The collection is a full-text, searchable resource that represents the full case history of the Dred Scott Case.

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St. Louis Circuit Court Records

This Collection is a collaboration between the Washington University Libraries and the Missouri History Museum with contributions from many partners. The project builds on prior projects of the St. Louis Circuit Court, the Missouri State Archives, and Washington University in St. Louis.

At the center of the St. Louis Circuit Court Records are the “freedom suits.” The St. Louis Freedom Suits / Legal Encoding Project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a National Leadership Grant.

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The Bizet Catalogue

The Bizet Catalogue is primarily a list of Bizet’s compositions, providing essential information about the history and content of each one. The catalog gives information on the manuscript and printed sources, on documentary materials relating to the composition, performance, and publication of each work, and is intended to provide full historical documentation of Bizet’s work as composer and transcriber.

The Bizet Catalogue is managed by the Humanities Digital Workshop at Washington University in St. Louis and deposited at the university’s Olin Library.

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Freedom Suits

The Freedom Suits Collection presents over 400 Circuit Court Record cases in which slaves sued for their right to be free in the state of Missouri. The collection consists of digital scans of original documents with transcripts alongside.

More information on Freedom Suits and specific cases can be found in the University Libraries Research Guides.

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The Novels of Fanny Lewald

Fanny Lewald (1811-1889) was a popular and prolific writer of novels, novellas, short stories, travelogues, letters, political essays, and other works. Although Lewald was to become a very well-known, best-selling author, she was largely forgotten within 20 years of her death. Feminist critics rediscovered her in the 1970s, and a few of her works have since been republished.

This collection presents digitized page images from ten (10) of Lewald’s novels presented in their native German, broadening access to this important author’s work and making her writing available to readers and scholars all over the world.

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Explore the Novels of Fanny Lewald Collection