Title Description URL
1641 Depositions Online

The 1641 Depositions Online aims to conserve, digitise, transcribe and make the depositions from the 1641 Irish rebellion available online in a fully TEI compliant format. "The testimonies document the loss of goods, military activity, and the alleged crimes committed by the Irish insurgents, including assault, stripping, imprisonment and murder". The project began in 2007 and finished in September 2010. The Irish Manuscripts Commission will publish a hard copy of the 1641 Depositions in 12 volumes.


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.


A Social Edition of the Devonshire Manuscript

The Devonshire MS is a poetic miscellany consisting of 114 original leaves, housing some 185 items of verse (complete poems, fragments, extracts, and annotative rebuttals). This social edition of the Devonshire MS works to bring scholars together in order to engage in conversation around the text, its contents, and its significance. Moving away from the lone scholar model, with edition of the Devonshire MS looks to use social media tools as a platform to transform the role of editor from solitary to collaborative. Using Wikibooks, the Devonshire MS presents genealogical tables, textual witnesses, and several critical apparatuses together to create an accessible and complete edition of the manuscript.


Archive of Early American Images

Archive of Early American Images is a "database of graphic representations of the colonial Americas, from Hudson Bay to Tierra del Fuego, drawn entirely from primary sources printed or created between 1492 and ca. 1825". This digital image archive holds nearly 12,000 items from a range of genres and publication types. Each image is reproduced with a high quality facsimile as well as bibliographical and interpretative information on the item.


Bod-Inc Online

[copied from Bod-Inc Online About page: http://incunables.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about]

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.


Calendrier Älectronique des Spectacles sous l'ancien regime et sous la révolution

CESAR is an image database that archives various objects related to the French theatre of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The imagebank and database preserve artistic renderings or engravings of portraits, stage-sets, playbills, frontispieces, and much more. CESAR is premised on connectivity and collaboration. It is the aim of the resources to link students, scholars, and enthusiasts together. The extensive project "contents are freely available and it is hoped that scholars working on any aspect of Ancien Régime and Revolutionary theatre will help to make this resource even more comprehensive and as reliable as possible by contributing data, annotations and corrections and by offering support in developing the site".


Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the 17th Century Dutch Republic

Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the 17th Century Dutch Republic aims to explore and visualize how knowledge circulated during the booming scientific revolution of the 17th-century. In order to answer how knowledge was disseminated and appropriated, Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the 17th Century Dutch Republic built a web application called ePistolarium. Using this tool, researchers can "can browse and analyze around 20,000 letters that were written by and sent to 17th century scholars who lived in the Dutch Republic. Moreover, the ePistolarium enables visualizations of geographical, time-based, social network and co-citation inquiries".


Cultures of Knowledge

Begun in 2009, Cultures of Knowledge is a "collaborative, interdisciplinary research project based at the University of Oxford with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation". The aim of this umbrella project is to network the Republic of Letters between 1550-1750. Cultures of Knowledge asserts that "correspondence was the information superhighway of the early modern world. Between 1550 and 1750, regular exchanges of letters encouraged the formation of virtual communities of people with shared interests in various kinds of knowledge which stretched across the globe". Cultures of Knowledge is affiliated with the Early Modern Letters Online project.


Database of Early English Playbooks

The Database of Early English Playbooks "allows scholars and students to investigate the publishing, printing, and marketing of English Renaissance drama in ways not possible using any other print or electronic resource". Using a rich search function, the Database of Early English Playbooks provides researchers with the ability to search through "every playbook produced in England, Scotland, and Ireland from the beginning of printing through 1660". The Database of Early English Playbooks contextualizes the texts by displaying the paratextual matter - advertisements, title-pages, etc. - that function alongside the playbook content in order to provide researchers with the fullest understanding of the text.


Database of Italian Academies

The Database of Italian Academies is an online collection of all of the books published by Italian Academies between 1525-1700 currently held in the collections of the British Library. This "detailed searchable database" provides access to printed material relating to the Italian learned Academies active in Avellino, Bari, Benevento, Bologna, Brindisi, Caltanissetta, Catania, Catanzaro, Enna, L’Aquila, Lecce, Mantua, Naples, Padua, Palermo, Rome, Salerno, Siena, Syracuse, Trapani, and Venice. The database can be navigated through searching academies, books, or persons and each entry is accompanied by historical, bibliographical, and critical information.


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".


Digital Donne

"DigitalDonne is the online component of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne (8 vols. Indiana UP, 1995-) a collaborative work drawing on the labors of over 30 scholars from the United States and abroad". The aim of the digital edition is two-fold: "to produce a newly edited critical text based on exhaustive analysis of all known manuscript and significant print sources of Donne’s poetry and to present a complete digest of critical and scholarly commentary on the poetry from Donne's time to the present". The DigitalDonne project began in 1980 and in 2005 the online component was "substantially expanded" in order to accommodate a wide array of analytical and bibliographical tools. Recently, the project has expanded again to include "the most important of the early editions and manuscripts upon which the Variorum is based".


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 English Books Online

"From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare", Early English Books Online in an incredible and incomparable collection of more than 125,000 titles published between 1475-1700 and gleaned from Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection, and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. This collection is equipped to fulfill the "most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars - from their desktop - in many subject areas: including English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science".


Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership

Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership or EEBO-TCP is a joint partnership between ProQuest, Early English Books Online, and more than 150 libraries " to generate highly accurate, fully-searchable, SGML/XML-encoded texts corresponding to books from the Early English Books Online Database (EEBO)". As with EEBO, EEBO-TCP covers a wide range of content areas including "literature, philosophy, politics, religion, geography, science and all other areas of human endeavor". Phase I of the EEBO-TCP successfully converted just over 25,000 selected texts from the EEBO corpus; phase II aims to add another 45,000 titles.


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".


English Broadside Ballad Archive

The English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) was conceived in 2003 in order to fill a gap in scholarship and to bridge access to broadside ballads. The EBBA team’s priority is to digitize and "archive all of the surviving ballads published during the heyday of the black-letter ornamental broadside ballad of the 17th century—estimated to stand at some 10,000 extant works". EBBA has now archived several substantial ballad collections including Pepys Collection (approximately 1,800 ballads), Roxburghe's Ballads (approximately 1,500 ballads), Euring Collection (approximately 400 ballads), and approximately 600 ballads from the collection at the Huntington Library. EBBA is still actively seeking out, digitizing, and archiving collections.


English Prose Drama Database

"English Prose Drama contains more than 1,600 plays written by more than 350 different authors from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. The database includes plays, masques, entertainments, and certain closet dramas". This database allows users to search by speaker, vocabulary, proximity, and frequency thereby lending itself to a variety of research questions and methods.


Folger Digital Texts

The Folger Digital Texts are "free, high-quality digital texts of Shakespeare's plays and poems start with the basics: superb source texts, meticulously edited on the basis of current scholarship". The Folger Digital Texts are online renderings of the Folger Shakespeare Library editions completed in 2010 by editors Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine. The digital texts have been enhanced with sophisticated coding that allows the poems and plays to be read as well as searched. The Folger Digital Texts are fully available in .pdf or.xml files to download for scholarly or personal use. This open access policy ensures the widest reach of this fabulous resource.


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 incunabula@bl.uk.

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 http://www.gesamtkatalogderwiegendrucke.de/GWEN.xhtml and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Inkunabelkatalog http://inkunabeln.digitale-sammlungen.de.


Internet Shakespeare Editions

Established in 1996, "the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) is a non-profit scholarly website publishing in three main areas: Shakespeare’s plays and poems, Shakespeare’s life and times, and Shakespeare in performance". The mission of the ISE is "to inspire a love of Shakespeare's works in a world-wide audience by delivering open-access, peer-reviewed Shakespeare resources with the highest standards of scholarship, design, and usability". In order to accomplish this goal the ISE has employed a team of scholars to re-edit each of Shakespeare's plays for a the digital medium. These editions are published as they progress - making the content available when it is completed and allowing the integration of multimedia to enhance the value of the edition.


Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Sparked in 1994, the Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance "is a not-for-profit partnership dedicated to the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) through the development and distribution of online resources". Iter has established partnerships with other organizations supporting the research of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State Univesity; Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies; Victoria University in the University of Toronto; Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; Renaissance Society of America; Sixteenth Century Society and Conference; and University of Toronto Libraries.


John Foxe's The Acts and Monuments Online

John Foxe's The Acts and Monuments Online, appearing online and unabridged after a 15-year endeavour, has been a force of change in our contemporary understanding on protestant martyrology. This long-standing collaborative project "evolved in response to three major components: technical developments in the elaboration, delivery and conservation of electronic materials online, our development knowledge of Foxe's text and his methods of working, and different ways of approaching the annotation of a text which itself differs in its nature, and how much Foxe chose to alter it in the different editions prepared during his lifetime". A product of both technological innovations and a deepening understanding of Foxe's text, this comprehensive edition is an incredible resource.


John Strype's A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster

John Strype's A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster is a digital edition of Strype's enormous and "expanded volume of Stow's Survey of London published in 1720". "Complete with its celebrated maps and plates, which depict the prominent buildings, street plans and ward boundaries of the late Stuart capital", this digital project carefully transcribes and reproduces all of the work's original features. The access to digital facsimiles as well as diplomatic transcription rounds out the resource. The database is also fully searchable allowing researchers to quickly and efficiently navigate this large volume.


Latin Texts in Early Modern Europe

CAMENA, Latin Texts of Early Modern Europe is an umbrella project dedicated to "building a digital library of the humanistic Respublica Litterarum". Currently, the catalogue offers access to five growing collections: POEMATA, Neo-Latin poetry; HISTORICA & POLITICA, historical and political writing from Early Modern Germany; THESAURUS ERUDITIONIS, a handy reference collection of dictionaries and handbooks fro 1500-1750; CERA, Corpus Epistolicu Recentioris Aevi which is completed of Latin letter composed by German scholars; and ITALI, Renascentium Litterarum Libri Rariores which offers seventy of the early editions of works written by Italian Renaissance humanists before 1500.


Letters of William Herle Project

The Letters of William Herle is one of the several projects launched by the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at the University College London. "This project draws together in a digital edition the surviving corpus of letters written by William Herle, an Elizabethan intelligencer". The letters help to form a rich resource for understanding and studying Early Modern England. Using XML, each of Herle's letters have beed marked up - preserving many of the features of the letter such as "address-leaves, textual deletions and marginal comments". The rich, searchable archive allows users to browse content by "archival location, date, author, recipient, first line or place from - as well as lists of multiple copies and letters with enclosures".


Lexicons of Early Modern English

"Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) is a historical database of monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods". The LEME project is partially available through a free, public version and is fully available through a private license. The public version allows access to minimal browsing features, all of which are expanded in the licensed edition. Each lexicon entry is accompanied by a detailed entry that describes the headword and explanation of the lexicon as well as the genre and summary of the document in which it appears.


London Lives, 1690-1800 - Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis

London Lives is a fully searchable database that provides access to a wide range of digitized "sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners". London Lives includes over 240,000 individual manuscript or print pages from eight London archives and 15 datasets from over projects. This historical resources allows "users to link together records relating to the same individual" and to aggregate important information. Each record has been diligently transcribed and is accompanied by a full sized facsimile. Each document "now includes, in the grey summary box near the top of the page, a link to the relevant background page which provides information about that document type" or the collection. The searchable database allows users to efficiently explore this immense digital collection.


Lost Plays Database

"The Lost Plays Database is a wiki-style forum for scholars to share information about lost plays in England, 1570-1642. Its purpose is to add lost plays to scholarly discussions of early modern theatrical activity". The Lost Plays "are a potential source of significant information on playwrights, playing companies, venues in London and the provinces, repertory studies, and audiences". This database provides a browsable catalogue and a searchable collection that allows scholars to discover these works. The digital resource is completely open access.


Map of Early Modern London

Map of Early Modern London (MoEML) is a digital resources "comprised of four distinct, interoperable projects: a digital Map and gazetteer based on the 1560s Agas woodcut map of London; an Encyclopedia of London people, places, topics, and terms; a Library of marked-up texts rich in London toponyms; and a versioned edition of John Stow’s Survey of London". These four project draw information from five MoEML-authored databases: a Personography of early modern Londoners, both historical and literary; an Orgography of organizations (e.g., livery companies and other corporations); a Bibliography of primary and secondary sources; and a Glossary of terms relevant to early modern London. The project works entirely in TEI-XML and is committed to openly sharing their encoding work as a method of enriching London studies and digital humanities practices.


Material Evidence in Incunabula

Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI) "is a database specifically designed to record and search the material evidence (or copy specific, post-production evidence and provenance information) of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc". MEI treats every instance of binding, decoration, manuscript note, or other bibliographical signal as a uniquely important and "valuable clue for provenance". With this mantra in mind, MEI works on geographically and chronologically dating these components and - if possible - aligning them with particular ownership. Through this project MEI "enables tracking of the movement of books across Europe and through the centuries".


Michigan Early Modern English Materials

The Michigan Early Modern English Materials (MEMEM) "consist of citations collected for the modal verbs and certain other English words for the Early Modern English Dictionary". The project was compiled by Richard W. Bailey, Jay L. Robinson, James W. Downer, with Patricia V. Lehman and was completed in 1975. The database can be searched using boolean terms or proximity searches or browsed independently. The entries include a date, occurring forms, and a brief example.


Patrons and Performance

The Patrons and Performance website "is designed to include a wide range of data about professional performers on tour in the provinces – their patrons, the performance venues they used and the routes they took across the kingdom". Users are able to search the records of the database or browse by patron, event, venue, or troupe. Additionally, the project presents an interactive map that users can manipulate and search in order to see the traveling performance data rendered in a geographical manner. The Patrons and Performance resource is being constantly updated and expanded: in 2007 they launched a "genealogical component of the database" and now they are "developing modules demonstrating the Web Site’s potential for research and teaching".


Perseus Digital Library

Perseus Digital Library is a project that explores "what happens when libraries move online". As online publication platforms continue to emerge and "and millions of books become digital, this question is more pressing than ever". The mission of the Perseus Digital Library is to "to make the full record of humanity - linguistic sources, physical artifacts, historical spaces - as intellectually accessible as possible to every human being, regardless of linguistic or cultural background". This larger mission is supported by three aims: the development of human readable information, the creation of machine actionable knowledge, and the production of machine generate knowledge. The Perseus Digital Library has a particular focus upon the Greco-Roman world but also intended to cover Early Modern English, the American Civil War, the History of Mechanics, and much more.


Records of Early English Drama

Records of Early English Drama (REED) is an international scholarly project that is establishing for the first time the context from which the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries grew. REED has for the last thirty-five years worked to locate, transcribe, and edit historical documents containing evidence of drama, secular music, and other communal entertainment and ceremony from the Middle Ages until 1642, when the Puritans closed the London theatres. Along with twenty-seven collections of records in print, with the most recent, Inns of Court, published in December 2010, REED is building a dynamic collection of freely available digital resources for research and education.


Records of London's Livery Companies Online (ROLLCO)

"Welcome to ROLLCO, a site providing records of Apprentices and Freemen in the City of London Livery Companies between 1400 and 1900". ROLLCO was created through the collaborative partnership between the Centre for Metropolitan History, The Bowyers' Company, The Clothworkers' Company, The Drapers' Company, The Girdlers' Company, The Goldsmiths' Company, The Mercers' Company, The Musicians' Company, The Salters' Company and The Tallow Chandlers' Company. The objective of the ROLLCO project is to "provide a fully searchable database of Livery Company membership over time". Databases searches can be made using company names, person names, occupations, residences, dates, or roles. Each entry is comprised of the member's game, company, role, status, event, and date. "A future update" of the ROLLCO project will provide the functionality "to allow researchers to view the ROLLCO data - as a whole - in a number of different forms, to elucidate the patterns of historical Livery Company membership across multiple Companies. Aggregated statistics, dynamic visualisations and charts drawn 'on the fly' will be available on this page from later in 2014".


Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707

"The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 (RPS) is a fully searchable database containing the proceedings of the Scottish parliament from the first surviving act of 1235 to the union of 1707". RPS is a collaborative project developed over the past decade by researchers at the University of St. Andrews. The aim of this online edition is to provide a a key historical resource in a free and accessible format. RPS provides contextual and historical information to surround the contents of the database. The database is fully searchable as well as sortable by reign/monarch.


Renascence Editions

Renascence Editions is an "online repository of works printed in English between the years of 1477-1799". Each of the entries in Renascence has information on the author of the work and the title of the work alongside a transcription or page facsimile. The database is searchable under author or title or users can browse by author. Renascence also archives critical work on items in the database.


Representative Poetry Online

Representative Poetry Online is a "web anthology of 4,800 poems in English and French by over 700 poets spanning 1400 years". The project began in 1994 under the direction of Ian Lancashire. The first version of the project offered 730 poems; over the past two decades the database has grown significantly. Representative Poetry Online is a rich resource that leverages a myriad of digital tools to present the online poetry archive. Poems can be searched for or browsed under title or author. The poems can also be visualized on a timeline that represents the significant births, deaths, composition of poems, and historical moments across a literary time period. Representative Poetry Online also archives a wide variety of poetry criticism.


Richard Brome Online

"Richard Brome Online is an online edition of the Collected Works of the Caroline dramatist, Richard Brome. The edition not only makes the texts accessible to scholars and theatre practitioners, but also begins to explore their theatricality visually, serving as inspiration to encourage more frequent staging of Brome's works". The project brings together specialized research topics with innovative technical expertise in order to develop a resource that is helpful and engaging to an international, scholarly audience. The led by Richard Cave, all of the project collaborators are specialists of the period and genre. Each digital edition is equipped with an introduction, multiple textual variants, and stage histories.


Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online

Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online is a "digital archive of manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books from the period c. 1450-1720". Based in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge, Scriptorium provides unrestricted access to the mages of these historic manuscripts alongside critical resources exploring the materiality of these book objects. Each entry in the database is searchable or browsable by topic and date. Thorough, high-quality page images are provided for each resource and detailed annotations have been written to summarize the content of the manuscript.


Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon is a digital reconstruction of the early modern British social network that people from all over the world can collaboratively expand and revise. It harnesses digitized texts, natural language processing, network inference methods, and crowdsourced historical expertise to create the broadest, most accessible source of who knew whom in early modern Britain.


The ARTFL Project

The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language, or the ARTFL Project, is a collaborative initiative between the University of Chicago and the French government. The ARTFL Project is a "consortium-based service that provides its members with access to North America's largest collection of digitized French resources". "The ARTFL project has focused on three objectives over its long history: to include a variety of texts so as to make the database as versatile as possible; to create a system that would be easily accessible to the research community; and to provide researchers with an easy-to-use but effective tool". The ARTFL Project corpus "consists of nearly 3,000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing".


The Casebooks Project

"The Casebooks Project aims to make available the astrological records of Simon Forman and Richard Napier — unparalleled resources in the history of early modern medicine". The Casebooks Project's goal is to facilitate the "sophisticated interrogation and easy perusal of a manuscript archive famed as much for its difficulty as its riches". The Casebooks Project's database provides browsable and searchable transcriptions of records of "thousands of clients who consulted these men". The Casebooks Project surrounds the digitized and transcribed records with biographical, historical, and bibliographical information that informs and expands the user's understanding of the material.


The Correspondence of William of Orange 1549-1584

The Correspondence of William of Orange 1549-1584 project "aims to present a complete survey of all the surviving correspondence associated with William of Orange". With hopes of compiling the most comprehensive archive, The Correspondence of William of Orange 1549-1584 interpreted the term 'correspondence' in the broadest sense: culling over 200 archives and libraries for records of letters, "commissions, petitions, instructions and speeches". So far, the database is comprised by over 12,000 documents and each is detailed with information on the date of its composition, the correspondent, the geographical location it was sent from, where the document was found, the generic type of the document, and a brief description of its content.


The Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1585-1597

The Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1585-1597 is an open-source, freely available database that catalogues the correspondence of Thomas Bodley. Thomas Bodley is "well known for his bibliographical activities and his benefaction of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, but his prior career as a diplomat has been largely overlooked, despite being celebrated by his contemporaries". The Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1585-1597 archives Bodley's "large and comprehensive corpus of letters survives from the twelve years he was on diplomatic business". "These letters, previously unedited and unpublished", appear on the database in a browsable and searchable format. Each document is detailed with the date of composition, addressee, and letter content.


The Down Survey of Ireland

Conducted between 1656-1658, "the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world". The Down Survey of Ireland project digitizes the surviving maps of this survey and renders them as an online public resource. The Down Survey of Ireland digital project is comprised of two main components: the digital images of all the surviving Down Survey maps with written descriptions and the Historical GIS. The project interface facilitates user browsing of the maps by country, barony, and parish - information that was all encoded under the map images. Each image is manipulable: employing zooming, panning, and toggle functions. The Historical GIS function enables searching by landowner, religion, and murders.


The Hartlib Project

The objective of the Hartlib Project is to "create a complete electronic edition with full-text transcription and facsimile images of all 25,000 seventeenth-century manuscripts" belonging to the great seventeenth-century 'intelligencer' and man of science, Samuel Hartlib. The first two editions of this project - published in 1996 and 2002 respectively - were made available on CD-ROM. This third, online edition "provides free access to all the content available on the original CD-ROM versions" and will be expanded to feature full introductory and contextual information. The database is browsable and searchable. Each entry is carefully transcribed and accompanied with page facsimiles.


The Holinshed Project

"Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland was at once the crowning achievement of Tudor historiography and the most important single source for contemporary playwrights and poets, above all Shakespeare, Spenser, Daniel, and Drayton". The aim of The Holinshed Project is to "stimulate a comprehensive reappraisal of the Chronicles as a work of historiography and a major source for imaginative writers". To achieve this goal The Holinshed Project has developed an accessible, annotated, parallel-text edition of the old-spelling version of the Chronicles. The Holinshed Project archives both the 1577 and 1587 editions - fully transcribed and integrated with the EEBO page images.


The Newton Project

"The Newton Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing in full an online edition of all of Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642–1727) writings". The Newton Project presents full, diplomatic transcriptions of Newton's text, including his own amendments and versioning. Since the project began in 2008, The Newton Project has "published over four million words of text". Alongside the texts, The Newton Project has published contextual information on Newton, his life, and his research writings. The texts can be browsed and sorted, and each entry has fully transcribed text accompanied by manuscript images.


The Old Bailey Proceedings Online

"The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts between 1676 and 1772". This project provides access to over 197,000 trial records and biographical details on approximately 2,500 persons executed at Tyburn. "In addition to the text, accessible through both keyword and structured searching, this website provides digital images of all 190,000 original pages of the Proceedings, 4,000 pages of Ordinary's Accounts, advice on methods of searching this resource, information on the historical and legal background to the Old Bailey court and its Proceedings, and descriptions of published and manuscript materials relating to the trials covered. Contemporary maps, and images have also been provided". The Old Bailey Proceedings Online is entirely open source and free access.


The Poly-Olbion Project

"The core purpose of The Poly-Olbion Project, based at the University of Exeter and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is to produce a new scholarly edition of the text". Poly-Olbion is a unique material object that was published in two parts as a results of the "richly collaborative" partnership between Michael Drayton, William Hole, and John Selden. The Poly-Olbion Project is "committed to bringing Poly-Olbion to a wider audience". The Poly-Olbion Project is still in development but currently available online are extracts of the text that mirror how the entire work will be digitally rendered. These extracts include a brief preface, fully transcribed text, and an accompanying image.


The Selden Map of China

The Selden Map of China project works at bringing this obscure resources into greater cultural and historical context. In 2008, "scholar Robert Batchelor noticed the very faint lines indicating trade routes and compass bearings from the port of Quanzhou to all parts of East Asia and beyond". This bolstered immensely the significance of the map and catalyzed this project to conserve and digitize it. This project presents a high resolution image of the map with zooming and toggling functions. The digital project is focused on contexualizing and historicizing this individual material object.


The Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection

The Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection archives approximately 2,400 of the etchings Hollar produced in his lifetime. Each of the images is rendered as a high-quality, uncompressed, digital facsimile with zooming and toggling functions. The images are browsable by genre or searchable by keyword. Images can also be compared using the website application which allows the manipulation and side-by-side viewing of items in the collections. Finally, The Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection also provides information on the Fisher Hollar collection housed at the University of Toronto that contains "some one hundred published works containing original prints made from Hollar's plates, in addition to the individual etchings".


UK Reading Experience Database (UK RED)

"UK RED is an open-access database housed at The Open University containing over 30,000 easily searchable records documenting the history of reading in Britain from 1450 to 1945". These records range from "published and unpublished sources as diverse as diaries, commonplace books, memoirs, sociological surveys, and criminal court and prison records" - working together to create a cohesive picture of the British reading experience between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries. "RED can be searched in two ways. By using the basic search option you can search for specific keywords or phrases across all text fields of the database. Alternatively, by using the advanced search options you can perform a more targeted search by entering terms or selecting values from as many fields as necessary". Each source has a detailed entry revealing the history of the work and the reading experience.


University of Oxford Text Archive

The University of Oxford Text Archive "collects, catalogues, preserves, and distributes high-quality digital resources for research and teaching". Currently, the Oxford Text Archive holds thousands of texts written in over 25 different languages. Each of the sources catalogued in the Oxford Text Archive is given a detailed entry. This entry records information on the title, author, text keywords, a course description, and available formats (physically in libraries and digitally for access or download).


Verse Miscellanies Online

"Verse Miscellanies Online is a searchable critical edition of seven printed verse miscellanies published in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries". This digital edition was "produced in partnership with EEBO-TCP, who provided the XML-TEI files, which have been enhanced through the addition of explanatory annotations, and critical apparatus, including glossaries of mythological and historical figures, musical settings, and indexes of authors and first lines". Users are able to search and browse the digital database in order to identify poems according to be multitude of characterizations. Each work is fully transcribed, carefully annotated, and presented in a clean, user-friendly interface.


Who Were the Nuns?

"Since 2008, the 'Who were the nuns?' project team has been investigating the membership of the English convents in exile, from the opening of the first institution in Brussels to the nuns' return to England as a result of the French Revolution and associated violence". The key aim of the "identify those women who entered the English convents from the foundation of the first new house in Brussels in 1598 until 1800". The database compiles covent sources from England, Belgium, France, and Maryland USA to create biographical records of these nuns. The database presents details "of the membership, family trees, edited documents, maps and analysis of the nuns' experiences".


William Dugdale: A Catalogue of his Correspondence

"This is a catalogue of the correspondence of William Dugdale used in the writing of William Dugdale: A Life of the Warwickshire Historian and Herald". The catalogue covers the period between 1635, when Dugdale began his antiquarian research, and 1686, when he died. The catalogue is browsable by date and by the correspondent Dugdale was in contact with. The entries are populated with information including the date of correspondence, a summary of the content, the addressee and their profession, and the archival location of the letter.


Women Writers Online

"Women Writers Online is a full-text collection of early women’s writing in English". This project "includes full transcriptions of texts published between 1526 and 1850, focusing on materials that are rare or inaccessible. The range of genres and topics covered makes it a truly remarkable resource for teaching and research, providing an unparalleled view of women’s literate culture in the early modern period". Texts are presented on a timeline that situate them in relation to each other's publication history. Selecting any of the 350 entries provides a full transcription of the work. The database is also searchable so users can jump to the relevant resource easily.


World Shakespeare Bibliography

"The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and 2014". This comprehensive resource contains over 141,000 annotated entries of critical scholarship. The resource is browsable by genre or searchable by keyword. The resources are detailed with information on the title of the work, the type of work (book, article etc.), the author of the work, and the date of publication. Complete with full bibliographic information, users can leverage the incredible World Shakespeare Bibliography as an entry point into the vast world of Shakespeare scholarship.