The British Columbia Digital
Digital Library Collections By Subject: British
See also Collections by
Includes medieval illuminated manuscripts.
See also under Literature: General Works
literature time periods and Women.
of Union Virtual Library. Belfast: Library and Informatervices Council (Northern Ireland).
Hosted by the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis, School of Sociology and Social
Policy, Queen's University of Belfast, this collection consists of digital facsimiles
of pamphlets, parliamentary papers, and statutes relating to the 1801 Act of Union between Britain
and Ireland. Full-text searches or bibliographic searches are possible, or you
can browse through the collection by original format. Date accessed: 2003-03-10.
Date added: 2003-03-10.
Blue Books Online. Winnipeg: Archives and Special Collections, University
of Manitoba Libraries. Summary: " ... a searchable, World-Wide Web version of Andrew Taylor's unique index to the 19th
Century British Parliamentary Papers concerned with the Canadian Arctic."
As of April 2003, the Blue Books themselves are digitized and linked to
the index. Date accessed: 2003-08-06. Date added: 2003-08-06.
- The Auchinleck Manuscript.
Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland. Summary: " The Auchinleck Manuscript (NLS Adv MS 19.2.1) is one of the
National Library of Scotland’s greatest treasures. Produced in London in the
1330s, it provides a unique insight into the English language and literature
that Chaucer and his generation grew up with and were influenced by. It acquired
its name from its first known owner, Lord Auchinleck, who discovered the
manuscript in 1740 and donated it to the precursor of the National Library in
Date accessed: 2003-08-04. Date added: 2003-08-04.
- BOPCRIS (British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service).
Southampton, UK: University of Southampton et al. This site contains a bibliographical
database of British government publications from 1688 to1995, with selected
full-text digital facsimiles (1688-1800 only) viewable as TIFF or GIF images.
The bibliographic data  can be browsed by broad subject categories,
by Library of Congress subject headings, or by date ranges. The search utility
includes an optional interface to query just the full-text documents.    Date
accessed: 2003-03-10. Date added: 2003-03-10.
- British Poetry
1780-1910: a Hypertext Archive of Scholarly Editions (Electronic Text
Center, University of Virginia Library). Listed by author or title, this
archive contains SGML-encoded works or a combination of digital facsimile and
- The Canon of
John Lydgate Project (Stephen R. Reimer, Department of English, University
of Alberta, Edmonton, and others). This collection highlights the Professor
Reimer's research and publications, including hypertext versions of his
subject's writings, on the medieval English poet John Lydgate
Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Edited by Barbara Bordalejo, Canterbury Tales Project, De Montfort
University. Online edition. Also available on CD-ROM from Scholarly Digital
Editions. Digital facsimiles of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales published
in 1476 and 1483. For the British Library site, see Treasures
in Full: Caxton's Chaucer.  Date accessed: 2004-08-22. Date added:
- Celt Digital: The Celtic World on the Web. Also known as: The Celtic Digital Library. Created in October 1999 as a student project, the author is a librarian.
Date added: 2002-01-02.
- CERES (Cambridge
English Renaissance Electronic Service, University of Cambridge). A variety of
full-text scholarly resources relating to English Renaissance literature are
found here. Date added: 2002-09-07.
- Charles Booth Online Archive:
Charles Booth and the Survey into Life and Labour in
London (1886-1903). London: London School of Economics & Political Science and
University of London Library. Date accessed: 2003-03-21. Date added: 2003-03-21.
- Collage. By the Corporation of London and Ibase
Image Systems. " An image database containing 20,000 works from the Guildhall Library and
Guildhall Art Gallery London." Individual image types include
a few  text-based formats such as almanacs,  invitation cards, and
tickets. While the JPEG images can be freely downloaded, the resolution
is insufficient to read some of the small print.  All items can be purchased
online as paper-based reproductions in a variety of sizes. Date accessed:
2002-02-06. Date added: 2002-02-06. Date updated: 2003-12-15.
- The Complete Works of Charles Dickens. Listed by The Dickens Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Date added: 2010-12-06.
- The Complete
Works of William Shakespeare (Created by Jeremy Hylton hosted by the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Public-domain HTML version of
Complete Moby™ Shakespeare. The plays can be viewed as a single
document or as individual acts and scenes.
- The Complete
Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Hypermedia Research
Archive (Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of
- Corpus of Middle English
Prose and Verse (Humanities Text Initiative, University of Michigan).
Searchable/browsable full-text SGML-encoded collection of fiction, non-fiction
and poetry with supporting research materials, some of which is restricted
access. Many of the texts are electronic editions of hardcopy books from
throughout the 20th century made available by the original publishers for
personal, scholarly use.
- De Casu Cizaris Dutis Regis Iabin:
An episode from John Lydgate's Fall of Princes (Humanities Computing and
Media Centre, University of Victoria, BC). Site requires an XML-capable browser
such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape 6.x. Because this is an
XML-transcription of the manuscript displayed side-by-side with a digital
facsimile of the manuscript, the character " z" substitutes for the actual
medieval English character. For a complete digital facsimile of this manuscript
preserved by Special Collections Division, University of Victoria, see
University of Victoria Lydate MS Fall
- The Dickens
Project (University of California, Santa Cruz). Established in 1981,
includes The Dickens Electronic Archive of resource material for the study of
Charles Dickens' writings and Dickens SearchWorks. Updated 2010-12-06.
- Digital Facsimiles and
through HAMNET. Washington, DC: Folger Shakespeare Library.
Partial and complete digital facsimiles of works by William Shakespeare, Edmund
Spenser, and Thomas Trevelyon in the 16th and 17th centuries. Date accessed:
2004-08-24. Date added: 2004-08-24.
- Durham Liber Vitae
Project. London, Eng.: Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's
College. Summary: " A joint project of the AHRB Centre for North-East England History and the
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College, London," to create
a digital facsimile of " ...a complex manuscript which originated in the mid-ninth-century as a list of
several hundred names of persons associated with a Northumbrian church, probably
Lindisfarne, but possibly Monkwearmouth/Jarrow. Around 1100 addition of a list principally of
monks of Durham Cathedral Priory, continued until 16th century. Several thousand names of lay persons were
added throughout the middle ages." As of 2003-12-15, two sample images
from the manuscript can be viewed. Date accessed: 2003-12-15. Date added:
- The Edmund Spenser
Home Page. Cambridge, UK: Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.
Includes links to online texts. Date added: 2002-09-07.
- Electronic Resources for Early Modern History.
United Kingdom: OTDS. As of September 2002, contains works by and about  Sir
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) and resources relating to Gloucestershire. Date
- The English Emblem Book Project.
University Park, PA: Electronic Text Center,
Penn State University Libraries. Selected digital facsimiles (JPG images in
an HTML navigable page) of selected emblem books published between 1569
and 1881. The books are full-text searchable or they can be browsed individually
by author and title. Date added: 2002-09-07.
Renaissance in Context (ERIC). Philadelphia PA: Schoenberg Center for
Electronic Text & Image, University of Pennsylvania Library. Designed
as an educational resource, there are multimedia tutorials and high-resolution
digital facsimiles from selected works preserved in the Furness Shakespeare
Library (Horace Howard Furness Collection)  which help place the English
Renaissance in context. See also: Schoenberg
Online Collection. Date added: 2002-01-04.
- EPPI: Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland, 1801-1922.
Southampton, UK: University of Southampton. Launched on February 19, 2003
and making use of the Ford Collection of Official Publications, " Phase 1 of the EPPI project. ...
features a comprehensive
searchable database of Parliamentary Papers relating to Ireland 1801-1922, with
bibliographic information, Library of Congress subject descriptors and, for a
significant selection of items, abstracts of contents. Phase 2, the full text digitisation of the records
identified in Phase 1, will be complete by 2005." Date accessed: 2003-03-10.
Date added: 2003-03-10
- Estece: The Samuel
Taylor Coleridge Archive (Created by Marjorie A. Tiefert hosted by the
Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library). Note: first word of
site title is a graphic of Greek alphabet characters. Browsable collection,
with indexes, of Coleridge's poetry and prose, along with supporting research
- The Geoffrey
Chaucer Website (Harvard University). Electronic resources in support of
Chaucer's Middle English writings, especially The Canterbury Tales. As
of July 2001, the full text of most of the tales does not appear to be
- The Gilbert and
Sullivan Archive (Curated by Jim Farron). Includes full-text electronic
(text and music) versions of the popular light operas by this British duo,
along with links to supporting research materials.
- Historical Directories Searchable Digital Library: A University of Leicester Project. Leicester, England: University of Leicester. Summary: " ... digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750
to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books,
essential tools for research into local and genealogical history." Search features include by location, decade or keyword. Date accessed: 2005-07-04. Date added: 2005-07-04.
- Internet Shakespeare
Editions (University of Victoria, British Columbia). Established in March
1996, the Library section includes digital facsimiles and schoarly, textual
transcriptions of Shakespeare's writing. The site also contains supporting
research materials into his life and times.
Conrad and Ford Madox Ford: The Collaborative Texts (Edited by Marc
Demarest). Electronic editions of three books (The Inheritors,
Romance, and The Nature of A Crime) known to have been
co-authored by Conrad and Ford, along with supporting research materials into
their literary relationship, including Ford's memoir Joseph Conrad: A
- Lady Mary Wroth. Cambridge,
UK: Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. Includes links to online
texts by and about Lady Mary Wroth (1586 or 1587-1651 or 1653), " the first English woman writer to have published an original work of prose
Date added: 2002-09-07.
- Lewis Carroll Home
Page (Edited by Joel M. Birenbaum). Contains links to online texts of the
author best known for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Lewis Carroll Scrapbook Collection. Washington, D.C.: Global Gateway,
Library of Congress, 2004. A digital facsimile (excluding blank pages and
with some reformatting for this online presentation) of a scrapbook kept
by Lewis Carroll, pseudonym of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), a
mathematics professor at
Oxford University, England, preserved by the Library of Congress' Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
Date accessed: 2004-07-20. Date added: 2004-07-20.
- The Middle
English Collection (Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia
Library). Searchable/browsable collection of SGML-encoded works chiefly
associated with Great Britain. Geoffrey Chaucer (d. 1400) is the author best
represented in the free portion of this collection.
- The Milton Home Page:
Devoted to the Life, Times and Literature of John Milton. Compiled by Kevin J.T. Creamer.
Hosted by University of Richmond, Virginia, USA. Contains links to Milton's
(1608-1674) prose and poetry, as well as scholarly resources about him.
Milton is best known as the author of the epic poem Paradise Lost.
The Milton Transcription
Project is maintained by Kevin J.T. Creamer and under the editorship
of Hugh Wilson. Date added: 2002-09-07.
- Montpellier Early Modern English Documents.
Montpellier, France: Centre d'Études et de Recherches sur la Renaissance Anglaise.
Selected English documents transcribed to HTML. Date added: 2002-09-07.
- Monuments and Dust: The
Culture of Victorian London (Directed by Michael Levenson, University of
Virginia, David Trotter, University College, London, and Anthony Wohl, Vassar
College hosted by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities,
University of Virginia).
Pamphlet Collection (British Library of Political & Economic Science,
London School of Economics and Political Science). Digital facsimiles viewable
or downloadable as Adobe PDF files of pamphlets relating to social policy and
transporation history, many dating back to the 18th century. Access is via
hyperlinks from the online catalogue or through narrative bibliographies
highlighting aspects of these pamphlets.
Piers Plowman Electronic Archive (Edited by Hoyt N. Duggan and
others hosted by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities,
University of Virginia). Digital facsimles and transcriptions of the three 14th
century manuscript versions of William Langland's Piers Plowman, along
with supporting research material.
- The Proceedings
of the Old Bailey, London, 1674  to  1834. Variant title: The Old Bailey Proceedings Online Project. " A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts
detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of
over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court."
The full collection of online texts will not be available until at least
June 2004. The site includes extensive background resources, including information
for teachers, on the Old Bailey and the British criminal court system. Date
accessed: 2003-03-10. Date added: 2003-03-10.
- Records of
Early English Drama (REED) (Centre for Research in Early English Drama,
University of Toronto). A few 16th century Latin plays in English translation
are available in HTML format. The centre also maintains a Web guide, " All the
World's a Stage" : WWW Links for Theatre History and Early Music, with extensive
links to electronic versions of plays.
- Renaissance Electronic
Texts (University of Toronto English Library). ASCII (plain text) and
SGML-encoded books from and about the English Renaissance period.
Editions: An Online Repository of Works Printed in English Between the
Years 1477 and 1799 (Published by Richard Bear, University of Oregon). As of
August 2002, 162 titles in HTML form. Site includes a long set of links to
" Early Modern Humanities Sites" . Date updated: 2002-09-07.
Poetry Online (University of Toronto, 1912-1967 1994-). Online poetry
texts from Old English authors to the present day edited by Department of
- Robert Graves' Diary,
1936-39 (Humanities Computing and Media Centre, University of Victoria,
BC). Site requires an XML-capable browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer
or Netscape 6.x. XML-transcription of the diary displayed side-by-side with a
digital facsimile of the diary. The diary is preserved in the Special
Collections Division, University of Victoria, BC.
- Robert Louis
Stevenson (Eldritch Press). Links to electronic texts of Stevenson's
writings, along with supporting research materials.
- The Salisbury Project.
Marion E. Roberts. Charlottesville, Virginia: Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities,
University of Virginia. A contemporary history  about the construction
of England's medieval Salisbury Cathedral and its environs, this site includes
historic and modern texts. Date added: 2002-09-08.
- Shakespeare in Quarto. London: British Library. Part of: Treasures in Full. Digital facsimiles of the British Library’s 93 copies of the 21 plays in Shakespeare quartos. You can compare up to two different texts side by side. The site includes background resources on the plays and their performance at the Globe Theatre and other venues. Date accessed: 2004-10-31. Date added: 2004-10-31.
Resources (Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library).
Includes many public access searchable/browsable full-text SGML-encoded
electronic editions and digital facsimiles of works related to Shakespeare.
Some of the works are also downloadable for ebook readers (Microsoft and Palm
- Sherlockian.Net (Edited by
Chris Redmond). Includes links to electronic versions of the Sherlock Holmes
stories and novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- The Sidney Home Page.
Cambridge, UK: Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. Includes links
to online resources about this literary family among whose most important
members are Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) and his sister Mary, Countess of Pembroke
(1561-1621). Date added: 2002-09-07.
- Sir Thomas Browne.
Chicago, IL: University of Chicago. Collection of HTML transcriptions and
Adobe PDF digital facsimiles of the writings of Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)
prepared by James Eason. Date accessed: 2004-01-12. Date added: 2004-01-12.
Spectator Project: A Hypermedia Research Archive of Eighteenth-Century
Periodicals (Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities, Rutgers
University). This collaborative project focuses on The Tatler
(1709-1711) by Joseph Addison and The Spectator (1711-14) by Richard
Swinburne Project: A searchable electronic edition of the works of Algernon Charles Swinburne
(1837-1909). John Walsh, editor. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, c1999-2002.
Summary: " The goal of the Swinburne Project is to produce highly accurate transcriptions
of the works of Algernon Charles Swinburne, encoded using the Extensible Markup
Language (XML). The project will eventually include Swinburne's complete works,
barring any copyright restrictions. Considerable attention will be given to the
accuracy and completeness of the texts, and to accurate bibliographical
descriptions of them. Texts are encoded according to the XML-compatible Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines and
document type definition (DTD) (known also as " P4" ). We include with each text a
header describing the source text, the editorial decisions, and the resulting
computer file. The texts are freely available through the World Wide Web."
Date accessed: 2004-04-17. Date added: 2004-04-17.
- TEAMS Middle
English Texts (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages hosted
by the University of Rochester). Full-text medieval English works in HTML
format along with detailed introductions to each text.
- Thomas Hardy
Resource Library (Compiled by Mark Simons). Includes links to electronic
versions of his writings.
- Caxton's Chaucer. London: British Library. Part of: Treasures in Full. This site contains digital
facsimiles of the 1476 and 1483 editions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
and lets you compare them side by side. For another version, see Caxton's
The British Library Copies. Date accessed: 2004-08-22. Date added: 2004-10-31.
- The Union Makes Us Strong: TUC History Online.
London, UK: London Metropolitan University and the Trades Union Congress.
Online exhibit that includes digital facsimiles of archival records, including
the manuscript of Robert Tressell's novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
(scheduled for availability June 2003), and annual reports of the Congress
from 1868 to 1968 (scheduled for availability September  2003). Date
accessed: 2003-03-21. Date added: 2003-03-21.
- University of Toronto
English Library (UTEL). Browse by author or title, or search for English
language literary (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) texts. Some works are
restricted to the University of Toronto.
- University of
Victoria Lydate MS Fall of Princes. Digital facsimile prepared by
students Nicole Green and David Badke of John Lyndate's manuscript preserved at
Special Collections Division, University of Victoria, BC. For an experimental
XML transcription and side-by-side digital facsimile of a portion of this
manuscript, see De Casu Cizaris
Dutis Regis Iabin: An episode from John Lydgate's Fall of
- Victorian Times.
A partnership of the Centre for Digital Library Research, University of
the Library of the London School of Economics the Stationery Office, Ltd.
and Tim Coates (affiliated to the Stationery Office).
An examination of the social, political, and economic development of Great
Britain in the Victorian era." Topic or themes to be covered through the
digitization of Parliamentary Papers, pamphlets and photographs are health
care, education, housing, transport, industry, and labour and trade unions. Date
accessed: 2002-03-21. Date added: 2003-03-21.
- The Web
Concordances and Workbooks (University of Dundee). Electronic versions and
concordances to several British poets. Research workbooks are available for the
poetry of William Blake, Samuel Coleridge and John Keats.
- The Wilkie Collins
Etext Page (Compiled and edited by James Rusk). Electronic texts in HTML
format based on the public domain Collier (New York) edition of Collins'
collected works, 1900.
- The William Blake Archive
(Edited by Morris Eaves, University of Rochester, Robert Essick, University of
California, Riverside, and Joseph Viscomi, University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill sponsored by the Library of Congress). Multimedia site devoted to
the writings and art of William Blake. Includes an electronic (SGML) edition of
The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake by David V. Erdman
- The William Morris Society
Web Site. Includes links to electronic versions of Morris' writings (poetry
Compiled by David
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