Databases

Title Description URL
1641 Depositions Online

The 1641 Depositions Online aims to conserve, digitise, transcribe and make the depositions from the 1641 Irish rebellion available online in a fully TEI compliant format. "The testimonies document the loss of goods, military activity, and the alleged crimes committed by the Irish insurgents, including assault, stripping, imprisonment and murder". The project began in 2007 and finished in September 2010. The Irish Manuscripts Commission will publish a hard copy of the 1641 Depositions in 12 volumes.

http://1641.tcd.ie/index.php

A London Provisioner's Chronicle, 1550-1563, by Henry Machyn

The London Provisioner's Chronicle, 1550-1563, by Henry Machyn "emerged from a 1990s seminar on Early Modern English at the University of Michigan". "The Chronicle was one of the treasures of the library of the antiquarian Robert Cotton, and it was stored in the same bookcase with the Beowulf manuscript"; however, after a terrible fire, the majority of the manuscript was badly damaged, charred, and tossed aside. These burnt pages remained unseen until the early nineteenth century when they were finally recovered; this project propels this revitilization into the digital realm. This project archives the surviving manuscript of A London Provisioner's Chronicle as well as provides editorial information on the transcription and modernization of the work for the purposes of this electronic edition.

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/machyn/index.html

A Social Edition of the Devonshire Manuscript

The Devonshire MS is a poetic miscellany consisting of 114 original leaves, housing some 185 items of verse (complete poems, fragments, extracts, and annotative rebuttals). This social edition of the Devonshire MS works to bring scholars together in order to engage in conversation around the text, its contents, and its significance. Moving away from the lone scholar model, with edition of the Devonshire MS looks to use social media tools as a platform to transform the role of editor from solitary to collaborative. Using Wikibooks, the Devonshire MS presents genealogical tables, textual witnesses, and several critical apparatuses together to create an accessible and complete edition of the manuscript.

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/The_Devonshire_Manuscript

Archive of Early American Images

Archive of Early American Images is a "database of graphic representations of the colonial Americas, from Hudson Bay to Tierra del Fuego, drawn entirely from primary sources printed or created between 1492 and ca. 1825". This digital image archive holds nearly 12,000 items from a range of genres and publication types. Each image is reproduced with a high quality facsimile as well as bibliographical and interpretative information on the item.

http://jcb.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/JCB~1~1

Bod-Inc Online

[copied from Bod-Inc Online About page: http://incunables.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about]

Scholarly information about the Bodleian Library’s collection has benefited from the vision of Dr Kristian Jensen, who initiated and led a project, from 1991, to fully describe all the editions and copies of 15th-century books in the library to the same standards as medieval manuscripts. The attention to both textual and physical description, in the standards set by Dr Jensen, resulted in bibliographic records which name all of the texts contained in each edition and copy records describing the decoration, other copy-specific features, and provenance of each item. Following the work of L.H. Sheppard in cataloguing the Bodleian’s incunabula between 1955 and 1971, the Incunable Cataloguing Project, which was concluded in 2005 under the leadership of Dr Alan Coates, completed a six-volume printed edition which was published by the Oxford University Press in 2005.

This project was supported by several generous donors. (see acknowledgements page.)

A large number of the library’s incunabula were acquired in the 19th century. Every effort has been made in this catalogue to preserve and record provenance information through the records of the library and from evidence in the books themselves.

This electronic version of the catalogue has been prepared by the Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services, University of Oxford.

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

British Printed Images to 1700 (bpi1700)

"Began in April 2006, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under their Resource Enhancement Scheme" and "led by Professor Michael Hunter from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London, bpi1700 is a collaboration between Birkbeck and technical staff at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s College, London." The British Printed Images to 1700 is a digital archive and library housing the prints and book illustrations of the Early Modern era. The project aims to offer various resources that expand scholarly knowledge of and understanding of the print library. The project is centred on a searchable print database that allows access to thousands of images.

http://www.bpi1700.org.uk/index.html

Calendrier Älectronique des Spectacles sous l'ancien regime et sous la révolution

CESAR is an image database that archives various objects related to the French theatre of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The imagebank and database preserve artistic renderings or engravings of portraits, stage-sets, playbills, frontispieces, and much more. CESAR is premised on connectivity and collaboration. It is the aim of the resources to link students, scholars, and enthusiasts together. The extensive project "contents are freely available and it is hoped that scholars working on any aspect of Ancien Régime and Revolutionary theatre will help to make this resource even more comprehensive and as reliable as possible by contributing data, annotations and corrections and by offering support in developing the site".

http://www.cesar.org.uk/cesar2/

Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the 17th Century Dutch Republic

Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the 17th Century Dutch Republic aims to explore and visualize how knowledge circulated during the booming scientific revolution of the 17th-century. In order to answer how knowledge was disseminated and appropriated, Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the 17th Century Dutch Republic built a web application called ePistolarium. Using this tool, researchers can "can browse and analyze around 20,000 letters that were written by and sent to 17th century scholars who lived in the Dutch Republic. Moreover, the ePistolarium enables visualizations of geographical, time-based, social network and co-citation inquiries".

http://ckcc.huygens.knaw.nl/

Cultures of Knowledge

Begun in 2009, Cultures of Knowledge is a "collaborative, interdisciplinary research project based at the University of Oxford with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation". The aim of this umbrella project is to network the Republic of Letters between 1550-1750. Cultures of Knowledge asserts that "correspondence was the information superhighway of the early modern world. Between 1550 and 1750, regular exchanges of letters encouraged the formation of virtual communities of people with shared interests in various kinds of knowledge which stretched across the globe". Cultures of Knowledge is affiliated with the Early Modern Letters Online project.

http://www.culturesofknowledge.org

Database of Early English Playbooks

The Database of Early English Playbooks "allows scholars and students to investigate the publishing, printing, and marketing of English Renaissance drama in ways not possible using any other print or electronic resource". Using a rich search function, the Database of Early English Playbooks provides researchers with the ability to search through "every playbook produced in England, Scotland, and Ireland from the beginning of printing through 1660". The Database of Early English Playbooks contextualizes the texts by displaying the paratextual matter - advertisements, title-pages, etc. - that function alongside the playbook content in order to provide researchers with the fullest understanding of the text.

http://deep.sas.upenn.edu/