Curator of Special Collections, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Mitch Fraas is a Curator of Special Collections at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. He was formerly Bollinger Fellow in Library Innovation, Co-Director of the Penn Digital Humanities Forum, and a Scholar in Residence at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. At the Kislak Center, Mitch takes a particular interest in the early modern collections as well as 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. He has written on the legal culture of British India in the 17th and 18th centuries, the movement of books and manuscripts in the early modern world, and the history of libraries. He also maintains an active interest in digital mapping, the history of printing and the book, as well as the future of scholarly publishing and copyright."
His digital humanities interests include the use of digital tools to map historical flows of information, correspondence, and knowledge across the early modern world. He is also engaged in an ongoing project to examine textual influences in British Imperial legal networks using a corpus of reported cases and judicial opinions from throughout the English-speaking world.