Program

Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

5/1/2011 - 4/30/2012

Funding Totals

$155,071.00 (approved)
$155,071.00 (awarded)


Digitization of the Petersburg Virginia Chancery Causes, 1803-1912

FAIN: PW-50845-11

Library of Virginia (Richmond, VA 23219-8000)
Carl M. C. Childs (Project Director: July 2010 to August 2012)

The digitization and online access to the Petersburg City Chancery Court Records, which support research in legal, business, economic, labor, and social history, 1803-1912.

The Library of Virginia (LVA) proposes to digitize and provide worldwide access to the Petersburg City Chancery Causes from 1803 to 1912, a nationally significant archival collection.



Media Coverage

Petersburg Progress Index (Media Coverage)
Date: 9/2/2011

Historic Petersburg records now online! (Media Coverage)
Publication: Petersburg Progress Index
Date: 8/3/2012
Abstract: A vast treasure trove of Petersburg court documents from the 1700s to the 20th century are now available to the public thanks to a long effort to digitize the records. The Library of Virginia recently announced it has completed Petersburg's chancery records digitization project. The digitization effort means that nearly 240,000 documents are now available to the public for free through the Virginia Memory Web portal (www.virginiamemory.com). The project - which took more than 10 years to complete - was partially funded by a $155,071 grant of from the National Endowment for the Humanities
URL: http://progress-index.com/news/historic-petersburg-records-now-online-1.1353977



Associated Products

And They’re Off Too! (Blog Post)
Title: And They’re Off Too!
Author: Carl childs
Abstract: The City of Petersburg chancery records scanning project officially began on Friday June 3! The first 50 boxes of case-files were loaded for transfer to LVA’s digital vendor (Backstage Library Works) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Imaging of these fragile court papers will begin next week and resulting images will be posted to the Chancery Records Index (CRI) after ensuring they meet strict preservation and quality control standards. The records date from 1787 to 1912 and consist of 150 cubic feet, including bills of complaint, affidavits, wills, business records, correspondence, and photographs.
Date: 6/7/2011
Primary URL: http://www.virginiamemory.com/blogs/out_of_the_box/?s=NEH
Blog Title: Out of the Box
Website: http://www.virginiamemory.com

Library of Virginia Receives $155,071 NEH Grant to Scan Petersburg Chancery Records (Article)
Title: Library of Virginia Receives $155,071 NEH Grant to Scan Petersburg Chancery Records
Author: Jan Hathcock
Author: Carl Childs
Abstract: Press release issued by the Library of Virginia published in newspaper
Year: 2011
Primary URL: http://progress-index.com/news/library-of-virginia-awarded-155-071-neh-grant-to-scan-petersburg-chancery-records-1.1144602
Format: Newspaper
Publisher: Petersburg Progress-Index

Petersburg Chancery Reveals Rich African American History (Blog Post)
Title: Petersburg Chancery Reveals Rich African American History
Author: Vincent Brooks
Abstract: This blog post announces the posting of the first batch of scanned chancery records dating from 1803-1845. The entry highlights several "cases of signifigance" or interest and includes images of key documents.
Date: 9/21/2011
Primary URL: http://www.virginiamemory.com/blogs/out_of_the_box/2011/09/21/petersburg-chancery-reveals-rich-african-american-history/
Primary URL Description: Out of the Box blog on the Library of Virginia's Virginia Memory site.
Website: http://www.virginiamemory.com/

Petersburg Chancery Digital Project Now Complete! (Blog Post)
Title: Petersburg Chancery Digital Project Now Complete!
Author: Sherri Bagley
Abstract: The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the completion of the Petersburg chancery causes digital project. The scanning project was funded by the Circuit Court Records Preservation Program along with a $155,071 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The collection has been digitized from 1787 through 1912 and the images added to the Chancery Records Index. The most recently added suits cover the years 1889-1912.
Date: 05/16/2012
Primary URL: http://http://www.virginiamemory.com/blogs/out_of_the_box/2012/05/16/petersburg-chancery-digital-project-now-complete/
Primary URL Description: Final blog post announcing the completion of the Petersburg Chancery project
Secondary URL: http://http://www.virginiamemory.com/blogs/out_of_the_box/
Secondary URL Description: Home page for the Library of Virginia's Out of the Box blog.
Blog Title: Out of the Box
Website: http://www.virginiamemory.com/

Petersburg Chancery Hits the Rails! (Blog Post)
Title: Petersburg Chancery Hits the Rails!
Author: Greg Crawford
Abstract: The latest images from the Petersburg chancery causes digitization project are now available on the Chancery Records Index. The scanning project is funded by the Circuit Court Records Preservation Program along with a $155,071 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Chancery causes for Petersburg can now be viewed online through 1888. The following is an example of an interesting suit found in this latest addition.
Date: 02/06/2012
Primary URL: http://www.virginiamemory.com/blogs/out_of_the_box/2012/02/06/petersburg-chancery-hits-the-rails/
Primary URL Description: Blog entry for release of Petersburg images.
Secondary URL: http://www.virginiamemory.com/blogs/out_of_the_box/
Secondary URL Description: Out of the Box blog.
Blog Title: Out of the Box
Website: Virginia Memory http://www.virginiamemory.com/