electronic projects share new e-Lincoln Prize
of the Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities
work from the online "Valley of the Shadow" project,
created by historians Edward L. Ayers, Anne S. Rubin and William
acclaimed U.Va. electronic archives for humanities research and
learning won the inaugural e-Lincoln Prizes, new awards of the prestigious
annual Lincoln Prizes, the most generous in the field of American
Valley of the Shadow: The Eve of the War," a CD-ROM and
Web site, created by historians Edward L. Ayers, Anne S. Rubin and
William G. Thomas and accompanied by a book, was awarded a $40,000
first- place prize in the competition. The project, published electronically
by W.W. Norton & Co. and U.Va., exhaustively documents the history
of two Civil War era communities, North and South, offering vast
$10,000 second-place prize was won by U.Va. English professor Stephen
F. Railton for his Web site, "Uncle
Tom's Cabin and American Culture: A Multi-Media Archive,"
a joint project of U.Va. and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in
Hartford, Conn. The project focuses on the impact of the most influential
American novel of the 19th century.
Lincoln prizes, awarded by Gettysburg College, honor the finest
scholarly works on Lincoln or the Civil War era. For the first time,
they include the finest scholarly work produced in digital form
on the Web or CD or other forms of electronic distribution. The
prize board of trustees said the new element was added to emphasize
the vast potential of the Internet and electronic scholarship in
the field of history.
jury of scholars chose the winners from 24 electronic entries and
announced them on Feb. 12, Lincoln's birthday.
widely acclaimed digital projects were created and published electronically
through U.Va.'s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
and make use of many documents from the University Library. Teachers,
scholars, students and the general public are able both to learn
and to conduct research about the 19th century through the electronic
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million total sets record among U.S. law schools
U.Va. Law School campaign far surpasses original goal -- and all
dean of U.Va.'s School of Law, Robert E. Scott, announced the close
of the school's seven-year campaign earlier this week, after raising
a record-setting $202 million. That number far exceeds the campaign's
original $50 million goal, and places U.Va. at the top of law school
fund-raising efforts nationwide.
thought it was a far-reaching goal at the time, but it quickly became
evident that we would surpass it," Scott said. "We next raised the
goal to $75 million, then in 1998 we passed $100 million. At that
point we stopped chasing our goal and realized we were chasing peer
schools. Other great law schools have raised significant sums, but
none has crossed the $200 million threshold."
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, New York University's
law school set the previous record in 1998 with a campaign total
of $185 million.
said he is especially grateful to the Law School's alumni for their
loyal support, which he credited with helping the school stretch
beyond its earlier expectations. Seventy percent of U.Va.'s nearly
13,000 law alumni participated in the campaign.
Scott and his faculty are to be congratulated for this extraordinary
achievement," said University President John T. Casteen III. "Their
dedication and the generosity of their loyal alumni during the campaign
have brought in resources that will help transform what was already
a great law school into a national powerhouse."
The campaign began with Scott spearheading the most ambitious capital
improvement project in the school's history, a $30 million renovation
that was the result of the generosity of numerous school donors,
including Law School alumnus David A. Harrison III, one of the campaign's
most committed participants and for whom the law grounds are now
named. The final capital project of the Law School campaign, a $5
million student-faculty center, will be completed within the next
two years. Full story.