National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Nineteenth Century Digital Cooperative

The NCDC is a cooperative of three editing projects seeking innovative ways to provide research access to biographical data drawn from the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (based at the Kentucky Historical Society), the Frederick Douglass Papers (based at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln (based at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL). The project team envisions the NCDC as a portal for teachers, students, and researchers to search, filter, and visualize data and find new connections across the assembled papers. The NCDC envisions the future integration and inclusion of biographical data entries from other 19th-century editions. The NCDC will provide a single point of entry to all of the editions published through the cooperative.

Hosted by the Kentucky Historical Society, the NCDC planning team is currently focusing on overcoming the technical challenges to interoperability amongst the partner projects, assessing the needs of target user groups, and evaluating the capacities of member institutions in preparation for sustainable implementation.

More information on the Nineteenth Century Digital Cooperative can be found at