profile imageLucas Kelley ( is a PhD student in the Department of History at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received a BA in history from Centre College and an MA in history from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interests involve the interactions between federal, state, and local governments in the early national and antebellum American South. He held a shared graduate research assistantship in community history and archiving with the UNC Southern Historical Collection, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and has worked on both the Digital Loray and Rocky Mount Mills projects.