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ON THE INTERNET Historian Plans Data Base on 19th-Century Political Party By Bianca P. Floyd A professor at the University of Toledo is inviting amateur historians to help develop an on-line data base on the founders of the Equal Rights Party of the late 19th century. Timothy Messer-Kruse, an assistant professor of labor history, asks visitors to his World-Wide Web site to contribute information about party founders who lived in the visitors' cities and towns. He asks that the information be sent to him for inclusion in a data base that is accessible through the Web. The Equal Rights Party, founded in 1872, represented a coalition of individuals and organizations from a variety of social backgrounds, united around the concept of universal rights and democracy in all aspects of life. "These were individuals who supported or were involved in socialism and feminism, were abolitionists, and formed a radical culture in the 1880s. They helped form the Equal Rights Party and were probably the bulk of its supporters," says Mr. Messer-Kruse. Visitors to the site can read a brief history of the party and browse the names of 565 members, listed geographically. There are instructions on where to bgin, and tips for doing research at local libraries and historical societies. Mr. Messer-Kruse says he intended to involve high-school and undergraduate students in the creation of scholarly history. So far, though, the responses have come from archivists and librarians. The data base is scheduled to remain on the Internet for a year, and possibly longer, if activity at the site takes on a life of its own. The World-Wide Web address for the Equal Rights Project is: http://www.utoledo.edu/www/erp/ _________________________________________________________________ Copyright (c) 1996 by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc. http://chronicle.com Title: Historian Plans Data Base on 19th-Century Political Party Published: 96/08/09 _______________________________________________________________________