Archives

Title Description URL
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 "These letters, previously unedited and unpublished", appear on the database in a browsable and searchable format.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.

http://www.livesandletters.ac.uk/bodley/bodley.html

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.

http://downsurvey.tcd.ie/index.html

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.

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

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.

http://www.cems.ox.ac.uk/holinshed/index.shtml

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.

http://www.newtonproject.sussex.ac.uk/prism.php?id=1

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.

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/index.jsp

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.

http://seldenmap.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

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".

http://link.library.utoronto.ca/hollar/

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).

http://ota.ahds.ac.uk/

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.

http://versemiscellaniesonline.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/