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Beyond The Atlantic: British India, Book Circulation, And The Transmission Of Knowledge In The Eighteenth Century, Arthur Fraas Jul 2015

Beyond The Atlantic: British India, Book Circulation, And The Transmission Of Knowledge In The Eighteenth Century, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

Scholars have long understood that in the eighteenth century, the publishing, reading, and book-buying communities of Europe and the Atlantic world were inextricably linked. In the English-speaking world, libraries and printers in both colonial North America and Great Britain served to disseminate and collect the rapidly accelerating stream of ideas in print that characterized the era. This talk will explore the need to expand this Atlantic view to include the growing world-wide movement of texts and readers in the eighteenth century and describe the little-studied flow of books and manuscripts between libraries, readers, and collectors in colonial South Asia and ...


Mining And Visualizing Manuscript Provenance Data At A Large Scale, Arthur Fraas Nov 2014

Mining And Visualizing Manuscript Provenance Data At A Large Scale, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

This presentation uses the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts to suggest ways in which large amounts of manuscript provenance data can be visualized.


Linking Archival Sources In The 2013 American Historical Review, Arthur Fraas Dec 2013

Linking Archival Sources In The 2013 American Historical Review, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

An analysis of archival sources used by authors in the 2013 American Historical Review.


Making Claims: Indian Litigants And The Expansion Of The English Legal World In The Eighteenth Century, Arthur Fraas Dec 2013

Making Claims: Indian Litigants And The Expansion Of The English Legal World In The Eighteenth Century, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

This paper explores the British Imperial legal world of the mid-eighteenth century. Within this period, the previously confined spaces of English law and legal institutions became open to an ever widening set of legal subjects, both people as well as places. The paper focuses on what was at the time perhaps England’s most remote and murkily defined legal space, the East India Company (EIC) settlements at Madras, Bombay and Calcutta. The paper shows how a series of legal actors: metropolitan judges, Indian litigants and elite lawyers, first bridged the legal worlds of England and the subcontinent. I argue that ...


Mapping Books, Arthur Fraas Dec 2012

Mapping Books, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

Series of pieces placing book history in geographic context


"They Have Travailed Into A Wrong Latitude:" The Laws Of England, Indian Settlements, And The British Imperial Constitution 1726-1773, Arthur Fraas Mar 2012

"They Have Travailed Into A Wrong Latitude:" The Laws Of England, Indian Settlements, And The British Imperial Constitution 1726-1773, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

In the mid-eighteenth century the British Crown claimed a network of territories around the globe as its "Empire." Through a close study of law and legal instutions in Bombay, Madras, Calcutta, as well as London, this dissertation examines what it meant to be a part of that Empire. These three cities on the Indian subcontinent were administered by the English East India Company and as such have often seemed abberant or unique to scholars of eighteenth-century empire and law. This dissertation argues that these Indian cities fit squarely within an imperial legal and governmental framework common to the wider British ...


Primary Sources At A Distance: Researching Indian Colonial Law, Arthur Fraas Dec 2011

Primary Sources At A Distance: Researching Indian Colonial Law, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

No abstract provided.


Legal Databases: A Comparative Analysis, Arthur Fraas Dec 2011

Legal Databases: A Comparative Analysis, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

A comparative report commissioned by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) on the world of electronic databases for legal history research.


Review Of "Heinonline", Arthur Fraas Dec 2011

Review Of "Heinonline", Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

A detailed review of the HeinOnline electronic database commissioned by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL)


Review Of "Llmc-Digital", Arthur Fraas Dec 2011

Review Of "Llmc-Digital", Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

A detailed review of the LLMC-Digital electronic database commissioned by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL)


Unique At Penn, Arthur Fraas Dec 2011

Unique At Penn, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

Blog highlighting unique items from the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.


Local History From 8000 Miles Away: Early Colac Court Records In The United States, Arthur Fraas Dec 2010

Local History From 8000 Miles Away: Early Colac Court Records In The United States, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

This article examines a volume of Colac court records from the mid-nineteenth century now held in the United States. It details the contents of the volume with an eye towards the nature of local justice in early Victoria and the ways in which legal records can provide a window into the past. In addition, the article calls attention to the increasingly global nature of local history studies. In sharing the story of this trans-oceanic ‘discovery’ and its subsequent digitisation, it provides a possible model for future directions in archival research.