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1 British Literary Manuscripts Online Spring 2009 Jim Draper VP and Publisher Mary Onorato, Product Manager

2 2 What is British Literary Manuscripts Online? Why Literary Manuscripts? Content and Features Recap

3 3 Groundbreaking initiative to bring author manuscripts to students & researchers at all levels Curated collections of page images with searchable metadata What Is British Literary Manuscripts Online?

4 4 British Literary Manuscripts Online: c. 1660-1900 (May 2009) –c. 400,000 pages British Literary Manuscripts Online: Medieval & Renaissance (Fall 2009) –c. 400,000 pages Cross-searchability with LRC, MLA International Bibliography, LitFinder, GVRL (Fall 2009) American Literary Manuscripts Online, World Literary Manuscripts Online2010 and beyond Release schedule:

5 5 First large-scale digitization of literary manuscripts Opportunity for students to gain experience working with hitherto inaccessible materials Extraordinary resource for studying authors social networks, beliefs, attitudes, education, and the development of their writings Even advanced scholars will welcome the opportunity to search and review manuscripts online in order to identify manuscripts for closer study Useful across the Humanities curriculum Why Literary Manuscripts?

6 6 No one else is doing this on any significant scale Gives Gale 360- degree coverage of Literature

7 7 Completing the Research Circle with Manuscripts

8 8 Content and Features

9 9 1st step: British Literary Manuscripts Online, c. 1660-1900 Letters, Diaries, Poetry Miscellanies, Commonplace books, manuscripts of literary works c. 400,000 pages Authors include: William Blake Charlotte Brontë Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fanny Burney Robert Burns Thomas Carlyle William Cowper Charles Dickens Elizabeth Inchbald Samuel Johnson John Locke Jonathan Swift Alfred Lord Tennyson Oscar Wilde William Wordsworth And many others

10 10 BLMO digitizes these PSM microfilm collections: British Literary Manuscripts from the British Library (Series 1 & 2: c.1500- 1800) British Literary Manuscripts from the Folger Shakespeare Library, c. 1500-1700 British Literary Manuscripts from the National Library of Scotland, c. 1300-1882 The European Romantic Tradition: The Sir Walter Scott Manuscripts British Literary Manuscripts from Princeton University Library: William Cowper and others Bronte Manuscripts Forster and Dyce Collections from the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Parts 1-5; c. 1500-1900) The Oscar Wilde Collection (UCLA) Medieval Literary and Historical Manuscripts in the Cotton Collection

11 11 British Library National Library of Scotland Victoria & Albert Museum Princeton University Library Folger Shakespeare Library Bronte Collection at Haworth Parsonage University of California Library Source Libraries

12 12 Board of advisors Charlotte Cubbage, Humanities Coordinator and Subject Specialist for English, Comparative Literatures, and the Performing Arts, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, Illinois James L. Harner, Samuel Rhea Gammon Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A & M University; Editor, World Shakespeare Bibliography Susan Schreibman, Director of the Digital Humanities Observatory, Dublin, Ireland Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Professor of English at the University of Victoria, British Columbia Henry Woudhuysen, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University College London, England; general overseer and principal advisor to the Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700

13 13 Searchable by full citation (description in finding aid/catalog), author, titles of major works, genre/document type, date, century, source library/collection, source microfilm collection Fuzzy search Browse authors, library collections, source microfilm collections View manuscript page-by-page or as scrollable thumbnails Resize, rotate, fit to height, fit to width Full-screen view Compare manuscripts Features & Functionality

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17 17 Recap: Curated collections of page images with searchable metadata Brings author manuscripts to the classroom for the first time British Literary Manuscripts Online: c. 1660-1900 (May/June 2009) British Literary Manuscripts Online: Medieval & Renaissance (Fall 2009) For further information contact: Jim Draper, VP and Publisher Jim.draper@cengage.com Mary Onorato, Product Manager Mary.onorato@cengage.com


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