Databases

Title Description URL
The ARTFL Project

The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language, or the ARTFL Project, is a collaborative initiative between the University of Chicago and the French government. The ARTFL Project is a "consortium-based service that provides its members with access to North America's largest collection of digitized French resources". "The ARTFL project has focused on three objectives over its long history: to include a variety of texts so as to make the database as versatile as possible; to create a system that would be easily accessible to the research community; and to provide researchers with an easy-to-use but effective tool". The ARTFL Project corpus "consists of nearly 3,000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing".

http://artfl-project.uchicago.edu/

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 Correspondence of William of Orange 1549-1584

The Correspondence of William of Orange 1549-1584 project "aims to present a complete survey of all the surviving correspondence associated with William of Orange". With hopes of compiling the most comprehensive archive, The Correspondence of William of Orange 1549-1584 interpreted the term 'correspondence' in the broadest sense: culling over 200 archives and libraries for records of letters, "commissions, petitions, instructions and speeches". So far, the database is comprised by over 12,000 documents and each is detailed with information on the date of its composition, the correspondent, the geographical location it was sent from, where the document was found, the generic type of the document, and a brief description of its content.

http://resources.huygens.knaw.nl/wvo/en

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 Hartlib Project

The objective of the Hartlib Project is to "create a complete electronic edition with full-text transcription and facsimile images of all 25,000 seventeenth-century manuscripts" belonging to the great seventeenth-century 'intelligencer' and man of science, Samuel Hartlib. The first two editions of this project - published in 1996 and 2002 respectively - were made available on CD-ROM. This third, online edition "provides free access to all the content available on the original CD-ROM versions" and will be expanded to feature full introductory and contextual information. The database is browsable and searchable. Each entry is carefully transcribed and accompanied with page facsimiles.

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

The Holinshed Project

"Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland was at once the crowning achievement of Tudor historiography and the most important single source for contemporary playwrights and poets, above all Shakespeare, Spenser, Daniel, and Drayton". The aim of The Holinshed Project is to "stimulate a comprehensive reappraisal of the Chronicles as a work of historiography and a major source for imaginative writers". To achieve this goal The Holinshed Project has developed an accessible, annotated, parallel-text edition of the old-spelling version of the Chronicles. The Holinshed Project archives both the 1577 and 1587 editions - fully transcribed and integrated with the EEBO page images.

http://www.cems.ox.ac.uk/holinshed/index.shtml

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 Old Bailey Proceedings Online

"The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts between 1676 and 1772". This project provides access to over 197,000 trial records and biographical details on approximately 2,500 persons executed at Tyburn. "In addition to the text, accessible through both keyword and structured searching, this website provides digital images of all 190,000 original pages of the Proceedings, 4,000 pages of Ordinary's Accounts, advice on methods of searching this resource, information on the historical and legal background to the Old Bailey court and its Proceedings, and descriptions of published and manuscript materials relating to the trials covered. Contemporary maps, and images have also been provided". The Old Bailey Proceedings Online is entirely open source and free access.

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/index.jsp

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