The Moses Dawson papers have been housed at Xavier University for decades and, until now, have not been made widely available to scholars. Now, complete transcriptions of each letter accompany full-color digital images of each, enabling easy reading and comprehension of the ornate handwritten script. Each digitized and transcribed letter has been uploaded to Digital Space, Xavier's platform for digital documents in OhioLINK's Digital Resource Commons (DRC). This fully searchable collection of newly digitized primary source materials will inspire new research and strengthen knowledge of these significant figures in U. S. history.
The collection consists of 182 letters written between 1811 and 1844. The collection also includes biographical information about Dawson and selected correspondents, finding aids, a thesis written about Dawson by a Xavier University student, and documents describing the time period.