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Trudi Abel, Senior Fellow of Duke University Libraries and Information Science + Studies

Contact Info:
Office Location:  316 Perkins Library, Box 90185, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  +1 919 660 5933
Email Address: send me a message
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Areas of Interest:

Digital Humanities
Southern History
African American History
Mapping Technologies
Cultural History


Books--History--18th century • Digital History • Digital Humanities • Education--History • History • United States--History--20th century

Recent Publications

  1. T.J. Abel, The Digital Durham Project: Creating Community through History, Technology, and Service Learning, Perspectives on History (May, 2009) [cfm]  [abs]
  2. T.J. Abel, "The Power and the Poverty of Written Records: Constructing an Authentic Research Experience for Undergraduates (Winter, 2000) ( [swf]
  3. T.J. Abel, Students as Historians: Lessons from an `Interactive' Census Database Project (March, 1997) [CFM]
  4. Abel, T, Needles and Penury in 19th Century London: The Diary of a Poor Quaker Seamstress, Quaker History, vol. 75 no. 2 (1986), pp. 102-114, Friends Historical Association

NC JUKEBOX This project is focused on transforming an inaccessible audio archive of historic North Carolina folk music into a vital, publicly accessible digital archive and museum exhibition. Nearly 97 years ago and into the 1930s, Frank C. Brown, a Duke scholar, began recording North Carolina folk music and archiving it for posterity. Most of those recordings are still housed on glass disks in Rubenstein Library, but we already have about 400 songs for which we have digitized audio and handwritten metadata with which we can work on the initial version of what we are calling the proof-of-concept NC Jukebox project.

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