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Law Library's Digital Collection Receives Award for Innovation

NOVEMBER 28, 2012—The Law Library's Clarence Darrow Digital Collection has been awarded the 2012 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History, co-sponsored by the American Historical Association and George Mason University's Center for History and New Media.

The prize honors and supports critical, thoughtful media projects with strong technological and historical components that have been launched within two years and are publicly available. It was created to honor the late Roy Rosenzweig, a pioneer in the field of digital history and founding director of the Center for History and New Media.

The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection is a rich and unique array of material relating to the American jurist, including articles, photos, cases, and narratives about his life and legal career. Personal letters written to and by Darrow to family members and prominent individuals of the time have been collected and digitized. Commentary is provided about a wide variety of political and social issues that were of importance to Darrow professionally and personally. The site offers transcripts and information on Darrow's famous and lesser-known trials and access to a free, searchable, publicly accessible database of cases handled by Darrow's firm as well as published state and federal cases that quote or refer to him.

This is the second 2012 award for the Clarence Darrow Digital Collection. This past summer the American Association of Law Libraries called the site a "significant contribution to legal bibliographical literature" and presented its Joseph Andrews Bibliographical Award to Associate Director for Library and Educational Technology Michael Hannon. Hannon wrote the scholarly commentary that accompanies the letters and primary sources and worked with Educational Technology Multimedia Specialist Glen Anderson on developing the site.

The Law Library will receive the Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History at the 127th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association on January 4, 2013, in New Orleans.


Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow