Project Spotlight

The Digital 1828 Catalogue Collection Project

The Digital 1828 Catalogue Collection Project reconstructs the original corpus of 721 legal texts purchased for the first UVA library and listed in UVA’s 1828 Catalogue. The UVA Law Library has been working for forty years to collect these rare legal titles, most of which were originally selected by Thomas Jefferson. Funding from the Jefferson Trust will underwrite a student-centered project to build a digital version of this collection using a new tool called the Virtual Bookshelf. The Virtual Bookshelf will enable new historical scholarship on foundational texts in early American and transatlantic legal history, and provide UVA libraries with a powerful new way to manage their digital presence. Built on a rich database of bibliographic information, this website preserves the traditional browsing experience, and provides students with learning and leadership opportunities to explore the law library’s international origins and contribute to the university’s digital evolution.

The Digital 1828 Catalogue Collection Project