Trudi Abel

Trudi Abel

Senior Fellow

External Address: 
166 Rubenstein Library, Box 90185, Durham, NC 27708
+1 919 660 5933

Trudi Abel is a cultural historian and archivist at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Senior Fellow in Information Science & Studies at Duke University. She founded the Digital Durham Project ( in 1999. This digital repository provides a range of maps, photographs, manuscript letters, printed matter, ephemera and 1880 census data for Durham, North Carolina.

She currently directs the Archives Alive initiative at the Rubenstein Library and “Teaching with Archives,” a Duke Summer Doctoral Academy seminar.  She frequently teaches the Digital Durham seminar with Victoria Szabo.

Abel's scholarship focuses on the history of the book in America--particularly the rise of juvenile popular fiction in the early twentieth century and e-books and price fixing in the early twenty-first century.

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Digital Durham: Past, Present, Future awarded by Bass Connections, Duke University (2017 to 2018)

NC Jukebox Project awarded by Bass Connections, Duke University (2015 to 2017)

The Vectors-IML NEH Summer Institute Fellowship awarded by NEH, IML, University of Southern California (2009)

ITEST Grant, The SUCCEED Apprenticeship Program $905,289. awarded by National Science Foundation (2005 to 2008)

Digital Durham awarded by NC ECHO Digitization Grant from the State Library of North Carolina (2005 to 2006)

Digital Durham Teacher Training awarded by North Carolina Humanities Council (2001)

Digital Durham awarded by Center for Instructional Technology (1999 to 2001)

Institute for Editing Fellowship awarded by National Historical Publications and Records Commission (1998)

Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (1995 to 1996)