Title Description Location Event date URL
Japanese Association for Digital Humanities

The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities was created in order to surmount issues of collaboration between Japan and other international digital humanities organizations. Prior to its formation, Japanese digital humanities specialists were faced with basic difficulties, such as digitization Japanese characters, and were thereby prevented from operating effectively under the rubric of Digital Humanities in Europe and North America. The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities responds to this by working to resolve these issues and creating an environment for productive research. The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities hosts an annual conference that welcomes international scholars to explore and discuss digital humanities topics.



Founded in 2002, HASTAC is a collaborative of more than 13,000 scholars working across the boundaries of the humanities, arts, sciences, and technology. HASTAC is based on principles of interconnectedness and leveraging the considerable opportunities to work across disciplines. "HASTAC is an alliance of individuals and institutions inspired and motivated by the conviction that collaborative thinking extends across traditional disciplines, across the boundaries of academe and community, across the "two cultures" of humanism and technology, across the divide of thinking versus making, and across social strata and national borders". Alongside their impressive digital networking platform that allows scholars to connect and discuss ideas online, HASTAC organizes international conferences, offers competitive digital media and learning grants, and facilitates the HASTAC Scholars fellowship program for graduate and undergraduate students "working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and sciences.


Folger Shakespeare Library

Founded in 1932 through the support of Henry Clay Folger and Emily Jordan Folger, the Folger Shakespeare Library is home to "the world's largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art". The mission of the library is three-fold: preserve and enhance the collection; make the "collection accessible to scholars and others who will use it productively"; and "to advance understanding and appreciating of Shakespeare's writings and the culture of the early modern world". The Folger Shakespeare Library is world renowned as a research centre and conversation laboratory. It services a wide audience: teachers, students, families, theatre aficionados, and scholarly researchers. The Folger Shakespeare Library publishes editions of Shakespeare's plays, maintains an incredible digital archive of Shakespeare's works, and publishes a leading journal, "Shakespeare Quarterly". Additionally, the Folger Shakespeare Library facilitates public programs such as concerts, reading, and exhibitions.

Washington DC., USA


The Huntington Library

Founded in 1919 by businessman and collector Henry E. Huntington, The Huntington is "one of the world’s great cultural, research, and educational centers". The Huntington is devoted to the collection of books and art as well as the preservation of a botanical garden. The Library holds an extraordinary collection of books and manuscripts related to the fields of British and American history. With approximately six million items, the Library has one of the most complete research collections in the United States of America for its specialization. Among these collections, The Huntington houses "a world-class collection of the early editions of Shakespeare’s works". The Huntington offers over one hundred grants for scholarly research in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science.

San Marino, California, USA


Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

"In the late 1950s, interest in rare books, the extraordinary philanthropy of the Beineckes, the University’s pressing need for a special collections library, and the genius of architect Gordon Bunshaft came together to give us the Beinecke Library". The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is the primary location of books and literary manuscripts at Yale University. The library serves are a research hub for faculty and students of the university as well as scholars around the globe. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is one "of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts". The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has a devoted collections of Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts that can be partially viewed online and can be viewed with permission on site.

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA


Library of Congress

Founded in 1800 with now three buildings built in 1897, 1938, and 1981, "The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library's mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people". The Library of Congress holds the largest rare book collection in North America and the "world's largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings".

Washington D.C, USA


Bibliotheque nationale de France

Catalyzed by hundreds of years of royal book collections and finally realized in 1998, the Bibliotheque nationale de France (BnF) stands as the country's national library and archive. "The missions of the BnF are to collect, preserve, enrich and make available the national documentary heritage". With over 14 million books and magazines as well as manuscript, print, photography, map, score, coin, medal, sound, video, and costume collections, the BnF houses a wealth of resources. As the collection continues to grow, the BnF is committed to making materials digitally accessible worldwide.

Paris, France


The National Archives (UK)

The National Archives was formed between 2003-2006 when four government bodies - the Public Record Office, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Her Majesty's Stationary Office, and the Office of Public Sector Information - came together to form a single organization. The National Archives is a governmental department commissioned to "perform the Historical Manuscripts Commission's functions in relation to private records". "As the government's national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom", the National Archives "hold over 1,000 years of the nation's records for everyone to discover and use". With 11 million historical government and public records, the National Archives in one of the largest preservation agencies of its kind in the world.

Surrey, UK


The Newberry Library

The Newberry Library was founded in 1887 through the support of businessman Walter L. Newberry. "The Newberry has actively collected research and reference materials since its foundation in 1887. From the mid-1890s on, its collecting activities have focused on the humanities, with an emphasis on original sources for the study of European and Western Hemisphere history, literature, and culture since the late medieval period". The Newberry Library houses more than five million manuscript pages and 500,000 historic maps alongside a particularly strong collection of Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern materials.

Chicago, Illinois, USA


Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

Founded in 1999, "The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is a leading digital humanities center that pursues disciplinary innovation and institutional transformation through applied research, public programming, and educational opportunities. Jointly supported by the University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities and the University of Maryland Libraries, MITH engages in collaborative, interdisciplinary work at the intersection of technology and humanistic inquiry. MITH specializes in text and image analytics for cultural heritage collections, data curation, digital preservation, linked data applications, and data publishing." Current projects at MITH include The Shelley-Godwin Archive, Foreign Literatures in America, and a collaborative project with Hathi Trust entitled Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis.

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA