Mitch Fraas is the Acting Director of the Penn Digital Humanities Forum and Scholar
in Residence at the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies at the University of
Pennsylvania Libraries' Special Collections Center. At Penn, Mitch works on 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. 



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Unpublished Papers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...




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.