The Dorr Letters Project is a digital collection and scholarly project devoted to the correspondence of Thomas Wilson Dorr.
The goal of the project is to further the exploration of Rhode Island history through the combination of traditional scholarly editing with current digital technologies such as text encoding (TEI).
At present the project includes digital transcriptions of thirty letters from the Dorr Correspondence files in the Sidney S. Rider Collection at the John Hay Library (Brown University), the James Fowler Simmons Papers at the Library of Congress, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, and one letter from the private collection of Richard Slaney.
These letters illustrate aspects of race, reform, antislavery and proslavery politics, and, of course, the Dorr Rebellion.
To view the electronic transcriptions along with scanned images of the original manuscripts, please visit the Dorr Letters Project site.
Erik J. Chaput and Russell J. DeSimone, the lead editors of the Thomas Wilson Dorr Letter Project, dedicate the site to Father John Fabian Cunningham, O.P. (1928 - 2006), the tenth president of Providence College, and Ralph L. Ketcham, professor emeritus in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.