Mitch Fraas is Curator, Digital Research Services at the Kislak Center for Special
Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also
Co-Director of the Penn Digital Humanities Forum. At Penn, Mitch is responsible for
manuscripts 1500-1800 as well as a variety of projects with a special focus on digital
humanities. He holds doctoral and masters degrees in history from Duke University and
earned his bachelor's degree at Boston College. His doctoral dissertation examined
the legal culture of British India in the 17th and 18th centuries, arguing for the
existence of a unified early modern British imperial legal culture whether in
Philadelphia, Bombay, or London. In addition to the history of law and imperialism, he
takes an active interest in cartography, the history of printing and the book, the
digital humanities, as well as the future of scholarly publishing and copyright. 



Linking Archival Sources in the 2013 American Historical Review, Archive Journal (2014)

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, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (2014)

This paper explores the British Imperial legal world of the mid-eighteenth century. Within this period,...



The Royal College of Physicians Survey of Savannah, 1829, Georgia Historical Quarterly (2012)

This article presents the annotated text of an 1829 survey of the state of medicine...



Local History from 8000 Miles Away: Early Colac Court Records in the United States, Provenance (2011)

This article examines a volume of Colac court records from the mid-nineteenth century now held...


Unpublished Papers


"They Have Travailed Into a Wrong Latitude:" The Laws of England, Indian Settlements, and the British Imperial Constitution 1726-1773, PhD Dissertation, Duke University, Department of History (2012)

In the mid-eighteenth century the British Crown claimed a network of territories around the globe...



Readers, Scribes, and Collectors: The dissemination of legal knowledge in eighteenth-century British South Asia (2012)

This draft paper - first presented at the Middle Eastern Studies Association annual conference in...




Mapping Books (2013)

Series of pieces placing book history in geographic context



Legal Databases: A Comparative Analysis (2012)

A comparative report commissioned by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) on the world of...



Review of "HeinOnline" (2012)

A detailed review of the HeinOnline electronic database commissioned by the Center for Research Libraries...



Review of "LLMC-Digital" (2012)

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



Unique at Penn (2012)

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