Everything Early Modern Women

All things to do with the study of early modern women.

Category: Online Tools

Women Writers Online free for Women’s History Month!

Once again, the Women Writers Project at Brown is making WWO freely available  during Women’s History Month!

Women Writers Online.


“Using Medieval and Early Modern Digital Archives” at Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium, UNT, 11/10/11

On Thursday, I will be giving a talk at the University of North Texas that surveys a few digital archives for those who study and teach medieval and early modern subjects. Here is the list of the archives I will be touching on in that talk (by no means comprehensive I am sure):

Medieval and Early Modern Digital Archives

Broadside Ballads

Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads. http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ballads/.

English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA). http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/.


Early Modern Drama

Records of Early English Drama (REED). http://www.reed.utoronto.ca/index.html.

Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT). http://www.emlot.kcl.ac.uk/.

The Shakespeare Quartos Archive (SQA). http://www.quartos.org/index.html.

Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE). http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/


Literature and Women

Brown University Women Writers Project (WWO/WWP).* http://www.wwp.brown.edu/.

Poetess Archive. http://unixgen.muohio.edu/~poetess/


Materials in Print

Early English Books Online (EEBO).* http://eebo.chadwyck.com.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).* http://gdc.gale.com/products/eighteenth-century-collections-online/.


Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

Digital Scriptorium. http://www.digital-scriptorium.org/

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

Maps at the Folger Library http://t.co/NgGwPKj

Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin: http://research.hrc.utexas.edu/pubmnem/index.cfm


Medieval Studies

Medieval Sourcebook. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index. http://inpress.lib.uiowa.edu/feminae/



Cornell Univ. Library Witchcraft Collection. http://digital.library.cornell.edu/w/witch/.

Witches in Early Modern England (WEME). http://witching.org/.

Survey of Scottish Witchcraft. http://www.shc.ed.ac.uk/Research/witches/index.html.


*These archives are available by subscription only.

Brown’s Women Writers Online Free for March

I just want to remind everyone that Brown is offering free access to the WWP’s collection for the month of March: http://www.wwp.brown.edu

Brown University Women Writers Project

Once again, the Brown University Women Writers Project is offering free access for Women’s History Month (March). Check it out!

Bibliography of English Women Writers 1500-1640: Compiled by Betty S. Travitsky

The Bibliography of English Women Writers 1500-1640 has evolved into a still-growing list of scholarship about 738 recovered writers and located texts, canonical and non-canonical. It identifies many hitherto unknown writers, including among them not only already familiar figures, but also women refugees such as the recusants, women in the colonies, Marrano women Anusot, women translators, and English women writers in French, Greek, Latin, Spanish, Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh.

via Bibliography of English Women Writers 1500-1640: Compiled by Betty S. Travitsky.

Thanks to Simone Chess for pointing me to this! It looks like it is in free trial until March 31st.

Perdita Manuscripts I: Women Writers 1500-1700 – Adam Matthew Digital

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700

“The Perdita Manuscripts project is on the cutting edge of digital scholarship, allowing scholars to consult detailed descriptions and full facsimiles of early modern women’s manuscripts from a wide range of public and private collections through a simple yet versatile search interface.”

Dr Heather Wolfe, Curator of Manuscripts, Folger Shakespeare Library

This resource is produced in association with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University. Their goal was to identify and describe all manner of writing by early modern women from diaries to works of drama.

We have now enhanced their path-breaking work by linking the new detailed catalogue descriptions with complete digital facsimiles of the original manuscripts. The result is a resource which is indispensable for anyone interested in women and women’s writing in Early Modern Britain.

One of the key attractions of the resource is that it brings together little known material from widely scattered locations. This resource includes over two hundred and thirty manuscripts from 15 libraries and archives in the UK and North America.

The manuscripts are remarkably varied in their content including works of poetry, religious writing, autobiographical material, cookery and medical recipes, and accounts. Historians and literary scholars alike will find this an invaluable resource. There are contextual essays from academics working in the field, as well as biographical and bibliographical resources.

via Perdita Manuscripts I: Women Writers 1500-1700 – Adam Matthew Digital.

Over the break, I received an email from Lauren Edwards at Adam Matthew Digital with an updated link for what was once the Nottingham Trent Perdita Project. The resource is now available to libraries via subscription.

I have not yet had the chance to take a look at what this paid version has to offer through the free trial, but I do wonder whether this trend to paid-only access to these resources creates significant road blocks for those of us at institutions without subscriptions. My former institution had access to everything, and I know from experience that Adam Matthew puts together good online resources. In particular, the addition of digital facsimiles of the works will be invaluable. The added search feature will also make using the information a lot easier. However, all of this  is now for only those who can afford to use the information, and that in itself makes me a little nervous.

Folger Launches Interactive Manuscript Poetry Index

The purpose of the Union First Line Index, hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library Washington, D.C., is to enable cross-institutional literary research by providing a database of the first lines of manuscript verse held by the contributing institutions. Researchers can enter keywords as search terms; search by First Line, Last Line, Author, Title, Shelfmark, Women only; limit searches to specific institutions; and sort search results in various ways.

Originally compiled by Carolyn W. Nelson as a series of Excel spreadsheets, the Union First Line Index is based on freely-available first line indexes from various institutions and individuals including, as of December 2009: Bodleian, Beinecke Osborn Collection, British Library, Folger Shakespeare Library, Harvard, Huntington, Leeds Brotherton Collection — 17th and 18th century only, Harold Love and Meredith Sherlock Clandestine Satire, and Steve May’s Elizabethan Poetry. First lines from Hilton Kelliher’s British Library index of post-1895 acquisitions will be incorporated in the near future. Additional contributing institutions or individual participants may be added at a future date. The Excel spreadsheets were turned into a web-enabled database by the Folger.The online availability of the Index through the Folger does not imply the transfer of intellectual property rights.

via First Line Index.

Please check this out! I have been working in it since I received word of its launch this morning. What a great resource for people working on early modern women poets.