This year's theme for National Archives Month is Celebrating the American Record, and DCA has a partnership with the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) that will allow you to get up close and personal with some of the earliest evidence of American democracy. A New Nation Votes is a searchable collection of election returns from 1787-1825. The data represents the life work of AAS employee Philip Lampi. For over forty years Phil traveled the eastern and central US collecting election returns, and now AAS and DCA have mounted it online for you with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This ground-breaking data can be accessed through multiple portals. There is the A New Nation Votes Webportal, and the Tufts Digital Library also provides a searchable interface. Plus, there is blog specifically following the progress of the data entry where you can find entertaining and surprising stories of just how uncivil American politics has always been.
Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2008 by Veronica Martzahl