In the fall of 2009, the Washington University Libraries, in partnership with the Missouri History Museum, was awarded a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services for a multi-faceted project with two primary goals: 1) the development of a set of extensions to the TEI to encode historical legal documents, and 2) the transcription, encoding in TEI and the legal extensions of all the cases from the St. Louis Circuit Court Historic Records Project.
While the site for the new, IMLS-funded project site has been up and accessible for several months, we are pleased to "officially" announce the site today, which includes full transcriptions of 480 civil cases, 22 city directories, over 1000 African-American "freedom bonds," and other features and content.
For the Washington University Libraries, the date does not mark the end of work on the project. We continue to add content and functionality, and especially to promote the extensions to the TEI for encoding historical legal documents for other projects.
It does mark a time for us to thank the many contributors, advisors and friends of the project, as well as colleagues who have come and gone over the course of the project.