Archives

Title Description URL
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 REED has for the last thirty-five years worked to locate, transcribe, and edit historical documents containing evidence of drama, secular music, and other communal entertainment and ceremony from the Middle Ages until 1642, when the Puritans closed the London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.

http://reed.utoronto.ca/

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.

http://www.rps.ac.uk/

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.

http://www.luminarium.org/renascence-editions/

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.

http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/

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.

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

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.

http://scriptorium.english.cam.ac.uk/

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.

http://www.sixdegreesoffrancisbacon.com/

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".

http://artfl-project.uchicago.edu/

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.

http://www.magicandmedicine.hps.cam.ac.uk/

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.

http://resources.huygens.knaw.nl/wvo/en