Dred Scott Goes Digital

By Susan Wenner Premium

Deteriorating documents from the landmark Dred Scott case that challenged Missouri’s slavery law in 1857 are now digitized and available on the Internet. The court documents are being preserved as part of a “digital partnership” among the Washington University Libraries, the Missouri State Archives and the St. Louis Circuit Clerk. The project involves restoring and indexing 4 million pages of court files relating to slavery up to 1875. View the Dred Scott records at <>.

From the June 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine