Title Description URL
A London Provisioner's Chronicle, 1550-1563, by Henry Machyn

The London Provisioner's Chronicle, 1550-1563, by Henry Machyn "emerged from a 1990s seminar on Early Modern English at the University of Michigan". "The Chronicle was one of the treasures of the library of the antiquarian Robert Cotton, and it was stored in the same bookcase with the Beowulf manuscript"; however, after a terrible fire, the majority of the manuscript was badly damaged, charred, and tossed aside. These burnt pages remained unseen until the early nineteenth century when they were finally recovered; this project propels this revitilization into the digital realm. This project archives the surviving manuscript of A London Provisioner's Chronicle as well as provides editorial information on the transcription and modernization of the work for the purposes of this electronic edition.

Bod-Inc Online

[copied from Bod-Inc Online About page:]

Scholarly information about the Bodleian Library’s collection has benefited from the vision of Dr Kristian Jensen, who initiated and led a project, from 1991, to fully describe all the editions and copies of 15th-century books in the library to the same standards as medieval manuscripts. The attention to both textual and physical description, in the standards set by Dr Jensen, resulted in bibliographic records which name all of the texts contained in each edition and copy records describing the decoration, other copy-specific features, and provenance of each item. Following the work of L.H. Sheppard in cataloguing the Bodleian’s incunabula between 1955 and 1971, the Incunable Cataloguing Project, which was concluded in 2005 under the leadership of Dr Alan Coates, completed a six-volume printed edition which was published by the Oxford University Press in 2005.

This project was supported by several generous donors. (see acknowledgements page.)

A large number of the library’s incunabula were acquired in the 19th century. Every effort has been made in this catalogue to preserve and record provenance information through the records of the library and from evidence in the books themselves.

This electronic version of the catalogue has been prepared by the Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services, University of Oxford.

British Printed Images to 1700 (bpi1700)

"Began in April 2006, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under their Resource Enhancement Scheme" and "led by Professor Michael Hunter from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London, bpi1700 is a collaboration between Birkbeck and technical staff at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s College, London." The British Printed Images to 1700 is a digital archive and library housing the prints and book illustrations of the Early Modern era. The project aims to offer various resources that expand scholarly knowledge of and understanding of the print library. The project is centred on a searchable print database that allows access to thousands of images.

Digital Archive of Inaugural Lectures at Renaissance and Early Modern Universities

Digital Archive of Inaugural Lectures at Renaissance and Early Modern Universities is an online archive and database that preserves the "inaugural lectures of single university courses given from the Renaissance to the beginning of the eighteenth century". The project rationale is that while many of these documents are extant, they exist in few very copies and receive very little critical attention. Digital Archive of Inaugural Lectures at Renaissance and Early Modern Universities "aims to facilitate scholars in the examination of these documents by providing them with an access to a digital collection of searchable descriptions, digital photo-reproductions and codified transcriptions".

Digitized Travel Accounts of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Digitized Travel Accounts of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe "aims to advance research on late medieval and early modern European travel accounts. This project provides digitized editions and research literature on approx. 375 different travels and pilgrimages through Europe in historical times". The majority of the information presented on this database was collected from "'analytical bibliographies' of medieval travel accounts". This database allows users to explore traveller records based on native country.

Early Americas Digital Archive

The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) is an online database "of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820". EADA is an open resource developed for public research and teaching purposes. EADA was developed with the intention of serving as a "long-term and inter-disciplinary project committed to exploring the intersections between traditional humanities research and digital technologies". Encoded using TEI, the EADA database has a high searchability function, allowing researchers to browse under "specific terms such as author, title, and subject, within and across the texts".

Early Modern Letters Online

Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) is a "combined finding aid and editorial interface for basic descriptions of early modern correspondence". As the project is still in beta, EMLO currently combines eight collections of letters with the hope of eventually providing "the first freely available union catalogue of these often elusive documents". EMLO allows users to search the sender, recipients, and content of each letter in the database as well as provide a facsimile of the letter. EMLO is a branch of the Cultures of Knowledge Project.

Early Modern London Theatres

Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT) " is a research database and educational resource that grew out of a collaboration between the Records of Early English Drama (REED) at the University of Toronto, the Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) at King's College London, and the Department of English at the University of Southampton". The first phrase of EMLoT "introduced records pertaining to the eight theatres north of the Thames"; the second phase (still in progress) "incorporates the theatres south of the Thames in the historic county of Surrey". This searchable database allows "you to see what direct use has been made, over the last four centuries, of pre-1642 documents related to professional performance in purpose-built theatres and other permanent structures in the London area".

Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project

The Henslowe-Alleyn archive preserves the personal and professional paper of Edward Alleyn and his father-in-law Philip Henslowe. Together, "these manuscripts comprise the largest and most important single extant archive of material on the professional theatre and dramatic performance in early modern England, the age of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, Heywood, Dekker, Chettle, and so many of their contemporaries and colleagues". The aims of this digitization project are two-fold: "first, to protect and conserve these increasingly fragile manuscripts, and, second, to make their contents much more widely available in a free electronic archive and website, not only to specialist scholars but to all those interested in early modern English drama and theatre history, as well as social, economic, regional, architectural, and legal history, and palaeography and manuscript studies". The catalogue provides access to high-quality facsimiles of their material.

Incunabula Short Title Catalogue

[copied from the British Library landing page]

The Incunabula Short Title Catalogue is the international database of 15th-century European printing created by the British Library with contributions from institutions worldwide.

The database records nearly every item printed from movable type before 1501, but not material printed entirely from woodblocks or engraved plates. 30,375 editions are listed as of March 2014, including some 16th-century items previously assigned incorrectly to the 15th century. Additions and amendments to ISTC are made frequently, and new information and comments and suggestions are always welcome by e-mail at

Information on each item includes authors, short titles, the language of the text, printer, place and date of printing, and format. Locations for copies have been confirmed libraries all over the world. Many links are provided to online digital facsimiles, and also to major online catalogues of incunabula such as the Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Inkunabelkatalog