Databases

Title Description URL
Incunabula Short Title Catalogue

[copied from the British Library landing page]

The Incunabula Short Title Catalogue is the international database of 15th-century European printing created by the British Library with contributions from institutions worldwide.

The database records nearly every item printed from movable type before 1501, but not material printed entirely from woodblocks or engraved plates. 30,375 editions are listed as of March 2014, including some 16th-century items previously assigned incorrectly to the 15th century. Additions and amendments to ISTC are made frequently, and new information and comments and suggestions are always welcome by e-mail at incunabula@bl.uk.

Information on each item includes authors, short titles, the language of the text, printer, place and date of printing, and format. Locations for copies have been confirmed libraries all over the world. Many links are provided to online digital facsimiles, and also to major online catalogues of incunabula such as the Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke http://www.gesamtkatalogderwiegendrucke.de/GWEN.xhtml and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Inkunabelkatalog http://inkunabeln.digitale-sammlungen.de.

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

Internet Shakespeare Editions

Established in 1996, "the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) is a non-profit scholarly website publishing in three main areas: Shakespeare’s plays and poems, Shakespeare’s life and times, and Shakespeare in performance". The mission of the ISE is "to inspire a love of Shakespeare's works in a world-wide audience by delivering open-access, peer-reviewed Shakespeare resources with the highest standards of scholarship, design, and usability". In order to accomplish this goal the ISE has employed a team of scholars to re-edit each of Shakespeare's plays for a the digital medium. These editions are published as they progress - making the content available when it is completed and allowing the integration of multimedia to enhance the value of the edition.

http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Sparked in 1994, the Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance "is a not-for-profit partnership dedicated to the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) through the development and distribution of online resources". Iter has established partnerships with other organizations supporting the research of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State Univesity; Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies; Victoria University in the University of Toronto; Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; Renaissance Society of America; Sixteenth Century Society and Conference; and University of Toronto Libraries.

http://www.itergateway.org/

John Foxe's The Acts and Monuments Online

John Foxe's The Acts and Monuments Online, appearing online and unabridged after a 15-year endeavour, has been a force of change in our contemporary understanding on protestant martyrology. This long-standing collaborative project "evolved in response to three major components: technical developments in the elaboration, delivery and conservation of electronic materials online, our development knowledge of Foxe's text and his methods of working, and different ways of approaching the annotation of a text which itself differs in its nature, and how much Foxe chose to alter it in the different editions prepared during his lifetime". A product of both technological innovations and a deepening understanding of Foxe's text, this comprehensive edition is an incredible resource.

http://www.johnfoxe.org/

John Strype's A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster

John Strype's A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster is a digital edition of Strype's enormous and "expanded volume of Stow's Survey of London published in 1720". "Complete with its celebrated maps and plates, which depict the prominent buildings, street plans and ward boundaries of the late Stuart capital", this digital project carefully transcribes and reproduces all of the work's original features. The access to digital facsimiles as well as diplomatic transcription rounds out the resource. The database is also fully searchable allowing researchers to quickly and efficiently navigate this large volume.

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

Letters of William Herle Project

The Letters of William Herle is one of the several projects launched by the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at the University College London. "This project draws together in a digital edition the surviving corpus of letters written by William Herle, an Elizabethan intelligencer". The letters help to form a rich resource for understanding and studying Early Modern England. Using XML, each of Herle's letters have beed marked up - preserving many of the features of the letter such as "address-leaves, textual deletions and marginal comments". The rich, searchable archive allows users to browse content by "archival location, date, author, recipient, first line or place from - as well as lists of multiple copies and letters with enclosures".

http://www.livesandletters.ac.uk/herle/index.html

Lexicons of Early Modern English

"Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) is a historical database of monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods". The LEME project is partially available through a free, public version and is fully available through a private license. The public version allows access to minimal browsing features, all of which are expanded in the licensed edition. Each lexicon entry is accompanied by a detailed entry that describes the headword and explanation of the lexicon as well as the genre and summary of the document in which it appears.

http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/

London Lives, 1690-1800 - Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis

London Lives is a fully searchable database that provides access to a wide range of digitized "sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners". London Lives includes over 240,000 individual manuscript or print pages from eight London archives and 15 datasets from over projects. This historical resources allows "users to link together records relating to the same individual" and to aggregate important information. Each record has been diligently transcribed and is accompanied by a full sized facsimile. Each document "now includes, in the grey summary box near the top of the page, a link to the relevant background page which provides information about that document type" or the collection. The searchable database allows users to efficiently explore this immense digital collection.

http://www.londonlives.org/

Lost Plays Database

"The Lost Plays Database is a wiki-style forum for scholars to share information about lost plays in England, 1570-1642. Its purpose is to add lost plays to scholarly discussions of early modern theatrical activity". The Lost Plays "are a potential source of significant information on playwrights, playing companies, venues in London and the provinces, repertory studies, and audiences". This database provides a browsable catalogue and a searchable collection that allows scholars to discover these works. The digital resource is completely open access.

http://www.lostplays.org/index.php/Main_Page

Map of Early Modern London

Map of Early Modern London (MoEML) is a digital resources "comprised of four distinct, interoperable projects: a digital Map and gazetteer based on the 1560s Agas woodcut map of London; an Encyclopedia of London people, places, topics, and terms; a Library of marked-up texts rich in London toponyms; and a versioned edition of John Stow’s Survey of London". These four project draw information from five MoEML-authored databases: a Personography of early modern Londoners, both historical and literary; an Orgography of organizations (e.g., livery companies and other corporations); a Bibliography of primary and secondary sources; and a Glossary of terms relevant to early modern London. The project works entirely in TEI-XML and is committed to openly sharing their encoding work as a method of enriching London studies and digital humanities practices.

http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/