Databases

Title Description URL
Material Evidence in Incunabula

Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI) "is a database specifically designed to record and search the material evidence (or copy specific, post-production evidence and provenance information) of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc". MEI treats every instance of binding, decoration, manuscript note, or other bibliographical signal as a uniquely important and "valuable clue for provenance". With this mantra in mind, MEI works on geographically and chronologically dating these components and - if possible - aligning them with particular ownership. Through this project MEI "enables tracking of the movement of books across Europe and through the centuries".

http://incunabula.cerl.org/cgi-bin/search.pl

Michigan Early Modern English Materials

The Michigan Early Modern English Materials (MEMEM) "consist of citations collected for the modal verbs and certain other English words for the Early Modern English Dictionary". The project was compiled by Richard W. Bailey, Jay L. Robinson, James W. Downer, with Patricia V. Lehman and was completed in 1975. The database can be searched using boolean terms or proximity searches or browsed independently. The entries include a date, occurring forms, and a brief example.

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/memem/

Patrons and Performance

The Patrons and Performance website "is designed to include a wide range of data about professional performers on tour in the provinces – their patrons, the performance venues they used and the routes they took across the kingdom". Users are able to search the records of the database or browse by patron, event, venue, or troupe. Additionally, the project presents an interactive map that users can manipulate and search in order to see the traveling performance data rendered in a geographical manner. The Patrons and Performance resource is being constantly updated and expanded: in 2007 they launched a "genealogical component of the database" and now they are "developing modules demonstrating the Web Site’s potential for research and teaching".

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

Perseus Digital Library

Perseus Digital Library is a project that explores "what happens when libraries move online". As online publication platforms continue to emerge and "and millions of books become digital, this question is more pressing than ever". The mission of the Perseus Digital Library is to "to make the full record of humanity - linguistic sources, physical artifacts, historical spaces - as intellectually accessible as possible to every human being, regardless of linguistic or cultural background". This larger mission is supported by three aims: the development of human readable information, the creation of machine actionable knowledge, and the production of machine generate knowledge. The Perseus Digital Library has a particular focus upon the Greco-Roman world but also intended to cover Early Modern English, the American Civil War, the History of Mechanics, and much more.

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/

Records of London's Livery Companies Online (ROLLCO)

"Welcome to ROLLCO, a site providing records of Apprentices and Freemen in the City of London Livery Companies between 1400 and 1900". ROLLCO was created through the collaborative partnership between the Centre for Metropolitan History, The Bowyers' Company, The Clothworkers' Company, The Drapers' Company, The Girdlers' Company, The Goldsmiths' Company, The Mercers' Company, The Musicians' Company, The Salters' Company and The Tallow Chandlers' Company. The objective of the ROLLCO project is to "provide a fully searchable database of Livery Company membership over time". Databases searches can be made using company names, person names, occupations, residences, dates, or roles. Each entry is comprised of the member's game, company, role, status, event, and date. "A future update" of the ROLLCO project will provide the functionality "to allow researchers to view the ROLLCO data - as a whole - in a number of different forms, to elucidate the patterns of historical Livery Company membership across multiple Companies. Aggregated statistics, dynamic visualisations and charts drawn 'on the fly' will be available on this page from later in 2014".

http://www.londonroll.org/

Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707

"The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 (RPS) is a fully searchable database containing the proceedings of the Scottish parliament from the first surviving act of 1235 to the union of 1707". RPS is a collaborative project developed over the past decade by researchers at the University of St. Andrews. The aim of this online edition is to provide a a key historical resource in a free and accessible format. RPS provides contextual and historical information to surround the contents of the database. The database is fully searchable as well as sortable by reign/monarch.

http://www.rps.ac.uk/

Renascence Editions

Renascence Editions is an "online repository of works printed in English between the years of 1477-1799". Each of the entries in Renascence has information on the author of the work and the title of the work alongside a transcription or page facsimile. The database is searchable under author or title or users can browse by author. Renascence also archives critical work on items in the database.

http://www.luminarium.org/renascence-editions/

Representative Poetry Online

Representative Poetry Online is a "web anthology of 4,800 poems in English and French by over 700 poets spanning 1400 years". The project began in 1994 under the direction of Ian Lancashire. The first version of the project offered 730 poems; over the past two decades the database has grown significantly. Representative Poetry Online is a rich resource that leverages a myriad of digital tools to present the online poetry archive. Poems can be searched for or browsed under title or author. The poems can also be visualized on a timeline that represents the significant births, deaths, composition of poems, and historical moments across a literary time period. Representative Poetry Online also archives a wide variety of poetry criticism.

http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/

Richard Brome Online

"Richard Brome Online is an online edition of the Collected Works of the Caroline dramatist, Richard Brome. The edition not only makes the texts accessible to scholars and theatre practitioners, but also begins to explore their theatricality visually, serving as inspiration to encourage more frequent staging of Brome's works". The project brings together specialized research topics with innovative technical expertise in order to develop a resource that is helpful and engaging to an international, scholarly audience. The led by Richard Cave, all of the project collaborators are specialists of the period and genre. Each digital edition is equipped with an introduction, multiple textual variants, and stage histories.

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

Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online

Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online is a "digital archive of manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books from the period c. 1450-1720". Based in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge, Scriptorium provides unrestricted access to the mages of these historic manuscripts alongside critical resources exploring the materiality of these book objects. Each entry in the database is searchable or browsable by topic and date. Thorough, high-quality page images are provided for each resource and detailed annotations have been written to summarize the content of the manuscript.

http://scriptorium.english.cam.ac.uk/