Catalogues

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 "These letters, previously unedited and unpublished", appear on the database in a browsable and searchable format.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

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.

http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/index.php

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/

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".

http://wwtn.history.qmul.ac.uk/index.html

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.

http://www.xmera.co.uk/dugdale_cat/index.php