Databases

Title Description URL
Database of Italian Academies

The Database of Italian Academies is an online collection of all of the books published by Italian Academies between 1525-1700 currently held in the collections of the British Library. This "detailed searchable database" provides access to printed material relating to the Italian learned Academies active in Avellino, Bari, Benevento, Bologna, Brindisi, Caltanissetta, Catania, Catanzaro, Enna, L’Aquila, Lecce, Mantua, Naples, Padua, Palermo, Rome, Salerno, Siena, Syracuse, Trapani, and Venice. The database can be navigated through searching academies, books, or persons and each entry is accompanied by historical, bibliographical, and critical information.

http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/ItalianAcademies/

Digital Archive of Inaugural Lectures at Renaissance and Early Modern Universities

Digital Archive of Inaugural Lectures at Renaissance and Early Modern Universities is an online archive and database that preserves the "inaugural lectures of single university courses given from the Renaissance to the beginning of the eighteenth century". The project rationale is that while many of these documents are extant, they exist in few very copies and receive very little critical attention. Digital Archive of Inaugural Lectures at Renaissance and Early Modern Universities "aims to facilitate scholars in the examination of these documents by providing them with an access to a digital collection of searchable descriptions, digital photo-reproductions and codified transcriptions".

http://www.daril.eu/index.php?id=4andL=1

Digitized Travel Accounts of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Digitized Travel Accounts of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe "aims to advance research on late medieval and early modern European travel accounts. This project provides digitized editions and research literature on approx. 375 different travels and pilgrimages through Europe in historical times". The majority of the information presented on this database was collected from "'analytical bibliographies' of medieval travel accounts". This database allows users to explore traveller records based on native country.

http://www.digiberichte.de/

Early Americas Digital Archive

The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) is an online database "of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820". EADA is an open resource developed for public research and teaching purposes. EADA was developed with the intention of serving as a "long-term and inter-disciplinary project committed to exploring the intersections between traditional humanities research and digital technologies". Encoded using TEI, the EADA database has a high searchability function, allowing researchers to browse under "specific terms such as author, title, and subject, within and across the texts".

http://mith.umd.edu//eada/

Early English Books Online

"From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare", Early English Books Online in an incredible and incomparable collection of more than 125,000 titles published between 1475-1700 and gleaned from Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection, and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. This collection is equipped to fulfill the "most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars - from their desktop - in many subject areas: including English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science".

http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home

Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership

Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership or EEBO-TCP is a joint partnership between ProQuest, Early English Books Online, and more than 150 libraries " to generate highly accurate, fully-searchable, SGML/XML-encoded texts corresponding to books from the Early English Books Online Database (EEBO)". As with EEBO, EEBO-TCP covers a wide range of content areas including "literature, philosophy, politics, religion, geography, science and all other areas of human endeavor". Phase I of the EEBO-TCP successfully converted just over 25,000 selected texts from the EEBO corpus; phase II aims to add another 45,000 titles.

http://www.textcreationpartnership.org/tcp-eebo/

Early Modern Letters Online

Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) is a "combined finding aid and editorial interface for basic descriptions of early modern correspondence". As the project is still in beta, EMLO currently combines eight collections of letters with the hope of eventually providing "the first freely available union catalogue of these often elusive documents". EMLO allows users to search the sender, recipients, and content of each letter in the database as well as provide a facsimile of the letter. EMLO is a branch of the Cultures of Knowledge Project.

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

Early Modern London Theatres

Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT) " is a research database and educational resource that grew out of a collaboration between the Records of Early English Drama (REED) at the University of Toronto, the Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) at King's College London, and the Department of English at the University of Southampton". The first phrase of EMLoT "introduced records pertaining to the eight theatres north of the Thames"; the second phase (still in progress) "incorporates the theatres south of the Thames in the historic county of Surrey". This searchable database allows "you to see what direct use has been made, over the last four centuries, of pre-1642 documents related to professional performance in purpose-built theatres and other permanent structures in the London area".

http://www.emlot.kcl.ac.uk/

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/

English Prose Drama Database

"English Prose Drama contains more than 1,600 plays written by more than 350 different authors from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. The database includes plays, masques, entertainments, and certain closet dramas". This database allows users to search by speaker, vocabulary, proximity, and frequency thereby lending itself to a variety of research questions and methods.

http://www.letrs.indiana.edu/eprosed/index.html