Archives

Title Description URL
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.

http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/

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.

http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/

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.

http://www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk/index.html

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.

http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/

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.

http://www.johnfoxe.org/

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.

http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/strype/

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".

http://www.livesandletters.ac.uk/herle/index.html

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.

http://www.londonlives.org/

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.

http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/

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.

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/