Emily Dickinson Archive Serves as New Virtual Resource for Dickinson Scholars

November 1, 2013

The new Emily Dickinson Archive aims to become a virtual resource where scholars can, in one place, access and closely examine materials pertinent to the study of Dickinson’s work in its original handwritten formats. The site archives high resolution scans of her manuscripts, other print and electronic sources, and a selection of various editions of her work. The Archive’s long-term goal is to “provide a single site for access to images of all surviving Dickinson autograph manuscripts.” But future aims will include adding images of Dickinson’s letters, expanding the modern and historical editions available, and more metadata about the manuscripts themselves. The Archive strives not to be viewed as scholarship, but rather “a resource from which scholarship can be produced.” The site can be browsed by title, image, or library collection.

The website’s launch is part of Harvard University Press’s celebration of its 100th year of publishing. Other projects include a digital Dictionary of American Regional English, producing and selling e-editions of the more than 10,000 books the Press has published, and an expanded presence in India. Harvard’s Houghton Library will open up an exhibit featuring artifacts highlighting a century of publishing at HUP.

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