‚Fables‘, by Robert Louis Stevenson „Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‚Fables‘ was published in New York by Longmans, Green in 1902. Previously, the thirteen fables had been published with other works. Stevenson had a long-standing fascination with the fable as a literary form. In 1888, he approached his publisher with a collection of fables that he had composed over the years. This edition includes six etchings by Ethel King Martyn.“
Beowulf: A New Translation For Oral Delivery „Beowulf is the oldest narrative poem in the English language, embodying historical traditions that go back to actual events and personages in fifth- and sixth-century Scandinavia. The translation on this website is intended for „oral delivery,“ that is, to be read or recited aloud. Accordingly this work includes an audio stream in which the translator provides a reading of his version of the poem. This reading is meant to model metrical and rhetorical features of the translation, not to lay down the law about how it should be ‚performed‘.“
Bodleian Library: Western manuscripts to c.1500 „This is the home page for pre-c. 1500 western manuscripts, which form one part of the Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library. Since the ‚c. 1500‘ date is an arbitary dividing-line, these pages encompass many post-c. 1500 items which are nonetheless medieval/renaissance in character, such as 16th century illuminated and liturgical manuscripts, pre-dissolution English monastic works; etc. This page provides links to information both about the manuscript collections themselves, and links to information about other related resources available at the Bodleian.“The websites also makes a large number of images of the Library’s medieval manuscripts available online which can be found, arranged by century and country, under the following link:
Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford „The Bodleian Library includes the Old Library, the New Library, the Radcliffe Camera, and seven dependent libraries: the Bodleian Japanese Library, the Bodleian Law Library, the Indian Institute, the Oriental Institute Library, the Philosophy Library, the Radcliffe Science Library and the Rhodes House Library. The OLIS Online Catalogue contains entries for all material catalogued since September 1988 in the Bodleian Library.“
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers‘ Project, 1936-1938 „Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers‘ Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers‘ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress and includes more than 200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division that are now made available to the public for the first time.“
Cambridge University Library This is the homepage of the Cambridge University Library. The catalogue of its significant holdings can be searched via the WWW.
CCBC: Cooperative Children’s Book Center CCBC: The Coopartive Children’s Book Center is an examination, study and research library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The CCBC’s noncirculating collections include current, retrospective and historical books published for children and young adults. A gathering place for books, ideas and expertise, the CCBC is committed to identifying excellent literature for children and adolescents and bringing this literature to the attention of those adults who have an academic, professional or career interest in connecting young readers with books.
Chamber’s Book of Days „The ‚Chambers Book of Days‘ was written by the Scottish author Robert Chambers and first published in 1832. The ‚Book of Days‘ was Chambers‘ last publication, and perhaps his most elaborate. It was a miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, and it is supposed that his excessive labour in connexion with this book hastened his death.“ This website contains an online facsimilie of the book, presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.
Chawton House Library: Early Women’s Writing – Novels-On-Line ‚Novels-On-Line is an ongoing project making freely accessible full-text transcripts of some of the rarest works in the Chawton House Library collection. These texts, which explore such broad-ranging themes as satire, slavery, marriage, witchcraft and piracy, signal the rich texture and innovative character of women’s writing in the period 1600 to 1830. In bringing these little-known novels to a wider audience, it is hoped to stimulate interest in these works amongst a new generation of readers and to encourage critical scholarship of some of the more obscure texts and authors represented in the collection.‘
Chawton House Library: Early Women’s Writing – Women Writers ‚Chawton House Library is a UK registered charity with a unique collection of books focusing on women’s writing in English from 1600 to 1830. The biographies on this website give insight into the lives and works of some of the writers in the Chawton House Library collection, and look at the reception of their work by their contemporary audience and since.‘
The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection „The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection is one of North America’s leading research centers in the field of children’s literature.The main focus is on American and British children’s literature, historical and contemporary. The Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1200 authors and illustrators, as well as 85,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present.“ Furthermore the collection provides several online exhibits about young adult and children’s authors. Online research aids include biographical information, discussion on the author’s work, and references to secondary material (e.g. books, articles, web sites).
[Dickens, Charles] Charles Dickens: The Life of the Author „In this presentation, The New York Public Library’s Kenneth Benson surveys the life and works of the most beloved author of the Victorian era. Readers will follow Dickens through his childhood, exploring how his writings were both influenced by and reflected his family history and the wider currents of Victorian society. Overcoming the hardships of his youth, he launched his literary career in the 1830s, and his rise was meteoric. This presentation traces the course of Dickens’s ever-increasing fame, from the humorous hijinks of the early Pickwick Papers to the artistic mastery of the great novels of the 1850s and 60s.“
First Scottish Books This website contains the only known copies of nine of the earliest books printed in Scotland, which are the most precious items held by the National Library of Scotland in its role as custodian of the nation’s printed heritage. „Known as ‚The Chepman & Myllar Prints‘, they were produced in or about 1508 on Scotland’s first printing press, established in Edinburgh (in what is now the Cowgate) by Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar.“
The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature „The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, held at New York’s Public Library, is one of America’s most celebrated collections of first editions, rare books, autograph letters, and manuscripts. It was assembled and presented to the New York Public Library by Dr. Albert A. Berg. The Berg Collection contains some 30,000 printed volumes, pamphlets, and broadsides, and 2000 linear feet of literary archives and manuscripts, representing the work of more than 400 authors.“
The Huntington Library „The Huntington is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in the field of Anglo-American civilization. About four million books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps, and other materials ranging in date from 3500 B.C. to the present are available to scholars. The Library has one of the world’s finest collections of rare books.“ Its website offers information on the library and guides to its collections. Furthermore, there are online exhibitions and selected images available.
Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library „The Library for the Commonwealth Past, Present and Future is a major resource for those working on the Commonwealth as a whole or on its member states. We specialise in providing material which is unavailable elsewhere in the UK or in the country of origin. The library contains over 150,000 volumes and continually growing, runs more than 9,000 periodicals, 200 archival collections.“
International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) „The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is a research project funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research to create a digital library of outstanding children’s books from all over the world.“ The ICDL covers five centuries of publishing and currently holds more than 250 books in 15 languages. The project’sn aim is to eventually cover a 10,000-strong multilingual collection of freely accessible digital books for children between the ages of 3 and 13. The site can be searched via keyword, author, title, category or location.
Library of Congress [U.S. national library] The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library. Its mission is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. Through its website, the LOC is offering broad public access to a wide range of information. It presents these materials as part of the record of the past. Information resources and tools presented include the LOC catalogs, American Memory historical collections for the National Digital Library, THOMAS (U.S. Legislative Information), exhibitions, library services, and research tools.
Macquarie University Library „Macquarie University Library was opened in 1967. There are approximately one million volumes housed in Macquarie University Library. These items include printed books, journals, newspapers, reports, conference proceedings, working papers, maps, theses, software, microfilm, and additional non-print resources.“ The libraries‘ web catalogue offers a simultaneous search option in the catalogues of Macquarie University Library, the Universities of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Wollongong.
Monash University Library Monash University Library houses approximately three million volumes. These items include printed books, journals, newspapers, microfilm, and additional non-print resources. The libraries‘ web catalogue offers a simultaneous search option in the catalogues of Monash University Library, Coolcat, CSIRO, Deakin University, Latrobe University, RMIT University, the State Library of Victoria, and the University of Melbourne.
[Morris, William] Morris Online Edition The ‚Morris Online Edition‘ is a web-based and text-searchable scholarly edition of the poetry and selected prose of William Morris. The working goal of the ‚Morris Online Edition‘ is to provide readable annotated texts of Morris’s poetry and selected prose, prepared in accordance with current scholarly and critical norms, using current technology for text-searching, manuscript presentation, and comparison of multiple versions. Our longer-term hope is that we and our successors will bring these together in a complete scholarly edition of Morris’s literary works online.‘
National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature „The National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) facilitates and supports research exchange in the field of children’s literature. The NCRCL is based at Roehampton University, which houses several collections which are held in the Children’s Literature Collection and in the Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies.This website provides information about (primarily UK) resources, activities, and individuals, and links to useful World Wide Web sites.“
National English Literary Museum This is the website of the National English Literary Museum (NELM) of South Africa. „The mission of the museum is to promote the reading and appreciation of all forms of imaginative South African literature in English. Its principal functions are to collect and conserve material evidence pertaining to this literature, to publicise and popularise it, and to provide all sections of the reading public, both locally and abroad, with the means of access to it.The Museum started in 1972 as a collection of documents and has grown, over the years, into a national resource funded principally by the Central Government.“The NELM website provides links to lists of the collections housed in the museum, research topics and bibliographies, as well as outreach programmes and teaching aids, such the NELM backpack series. NELM backpacks comprise copies of collated biographical material and secondary sources on individual Southern African authors including J.M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Achmat Dangor and Nadine Gordimer,
National Library of Australia „The National Library of Australia is Australia’s largest library and is a rich information source for the nation. It was established as a separate entity in 1960 by the National Library Act.“ It „offers access to a range of electronic Australiana resources that are available on the Internet and World Wide Web in addition to the more traditional library materials it holds in its collections.“
National Library of Canada The National Library of Canada offers a wide variety of services to researchers, librarians, publishers, government agencies and the general public.
National Library of Ireland This is the homepage of the National Library of Ireland. As of now, it does not offer any online material other than information on the physical library.
National Library of New Zealand – Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa „The National Library of New Zealand is one of New Zealand’s leading cultural and information centres. The unique role of the National Library is to collect and maintain literature and information resources that relates to New Zealand and the Pacific, to make this information readily available, and to preserve the documentary heritage of this country for future generations. The National Library of New Zealand was established in 1966. The National Library’s online catalogue holds all books, serials, videos, microfiche, maps, compact discs and CD-ROMs acquired after 1982.“
National Library of Scotland The NLS is Scotland’s premier library, serving both as a general research library of international importance and as the world’s leading repository for the printed and manuscript record of Scotland’s history and culture. The site provides information about its services and collections, including online catalogs, databases, images of historical documents, online exhibitions, and more.
National Library of South Africa „The objects of the National Library are to contribute to socio-economic, cultural, educational, scientific and innovative development by collecting, recording, preserving and making available the national documentary heritage and promoting an awareness and appreciation thereof, by fostering information literacy, and by facilitating access to the world’s information resources. […] The National Library of South Africa presently consists of various components that came together on 1 November 1999. The components are: The Cape Town Division, formerly the South African Library. The Pretoria Division, formerly the State Library. The Office of the National Librarian, which is the national head office of the National Library. The Centre for the Book, in Cape Town, a project of the former South African Library.“
National Library of Wales – Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru „The National Library of Wales is one of the six largest libraries in Britain“ as well as a legal deposit library. Its website offers a wealth of information: access to catalogs, its various departments (printed books, manuscripts, and maps), online exhibitions, and well-assorted links.
The Newberry Library „The Newberry Library is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Privately funded, but free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps and manuscripts.“ Its website offers access to the searchable catalog, information about its various collections and publications, and provides a lot of material for research in genealogy.
North American Slave Narratives „‚North American Slave Narratives‘ collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. This collection includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of fugitive and former slaves published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English up to 1920. Also included are many of the biographies of fugitive and former slaves and some significant fictionalized slave narratives published in English before 1920.“
Online Resources- National Library of Scotland The online databases are bibliographic databases containing details of material relating to Scotland or held in Scottish Libraries. This database contains three separate components: 1. Bibliography of Scotland (BOS): Scotland’s national bibliography brings together over 90,000 records of books, periodicals and major articles of Scottish interest published all over the world. In principle it covers the period from 1976 to the present. 2. Bibliography of Scottish Gaelic (BOSG): It is intended to list books and periodicals published in Gaelic, or containing substantial Gaelic text, from the beginning of Gaelic publishing. 3.Bibliography of the Scottish Book Trade (BSBT): The Bibliography of the Scottish Book Trade (BSBT) is a flexible research tool for the study of an important aspect of intellectual and cultural life in Scotland. It records secondary materials, including monographs, essays in composite works and journal articles, in the fields of publishing, printing, bookselling, journalism, broadcasting, binding, illustration, graphic design, libraries and library history and the transmission of Scottish culture overseas.
[Pepys, Samuel] Pepys Library This is the homepage of the Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge University. The website contains information on the author, his life, his library, and the building it is housed in.
Poet at Work: Walt Whitman Notebooks 1850s-1860s „This collection offers access to the four Walt Whitman Notebooks and a cardboard butterfly that disappeared from the Library of Congress in 1942. They were returned on February 24, 1995. The Thomas B. Harned collection of the Walt Whitman papers spans the period 1842 to 1937, with most of the items dated from 1855 to 1892. It was donated in 1918. The collection consists of correspondence, poetry and prose manuscripts, notes and notebooks, proofs and offprints, printed matter, and miscellaneous items, laminated and boxed in seven containers, and supplemented by one manuscript box of ancillary material.“
Princess Grace Irish Library: EIRData (Electronic Irish Records Dataset) „PGIL EIRData is an ambitious Internet project in Irish studies comprising an extensive set of digital records dealing with Irish literary authors and their works in all periods. In common with Princesss Grace Irish Library (Monaco) to which it belongs, PGIL EirData is a tribute to Irish literary attainments and a testimony to the Princess Grace’s personal attachment to her paternal family origins in Ireland, commemorated in all activities and products of the Library. PGIL EIRData 2000 – the pilot-project – has been conducted in a spirit of discovery as regards the full potential of Internet technology in Irish-studies scholarship. Initial emphasis has been placed on organising a significant volume of digital on the website in conjunction with an electronic search engine to facility targeted researches.“ The website offers an A-Z Irish author listing, extensive bibliographies, an OPAC, bulletin, gazette, and an archive.
[Shakespeare, William] The Folger Shakespeare Library „A major center for scholarly research, the Folger houses the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, in addition to a magnificent collection of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts on all disciplines – history and politics, theology and exploration, law and the arts. The collection, astonishing in its range and variety, consists of approximately 280,000 books and manuscripts; 27,000 paintings, drawings, engravings and prints; and musical instruments, costumes and films.“ The website features information on events and exhibitions and scholarly resources (publications, fellowships, etc.)
[Shakespeare, William] The Furness Memorial (Shakespeare) Library „The Furness Memorial (Shakespeare) Library, Department of Special Collections, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania, was begun by Horace Howard Furness, Sr., and continued by Horace Howard Furness, Jr., to make possible their work on the Variorum Edition of the works of William Shakespeare. In 1933, Horace Howard Furness, Jr., donated the Library to Penn. A collection of primary and secondary sources, including both texts and images, that illuminate the theater, literature, and history of Shakespeare, Shakespearean texts, theatrical production, and criticism, Furness Library resources are now being selectively scanned and mounted here to make them available for class and research use and to draw attention to the richer resources available in the Library as a whole.“
State Library of New South Wales „The State Library of New South Wales was founded in 1826. The State Library’s collection consists of about five million items and is a premier information source for the people of NSW and beyond. The Library is governed by a Library Council. WEBCAT, the State Library’s catalogue, contains records of published items catalogued since 1980. It includes books, videos, maps, music, electronic media, and periodicals.“
State Library of Queensland „The State Library of Queensland’s roots go back to 1896. The State Library is a premier information source for the people of QLD and beyond. The library’s telnet catalogue contains records of various published items, including books, electronic media, and periodicals.“
State Library of South Australia „The State Library of South Australia is a premier information source for the people of SA and beyond. The library’s WebPac catalogue provides a search interface for the Library’s three main online catalogue databases.“
State Library of Tasmania „The State Library of Tasmania provides for the information, educational, cultural and recreational reading needs of the Tasmanian community, delivered through a network of 50 public libraries, State Reference Library, Parliamentary Library, Department of Education Library, and other facilities. The library’s TALIS online information system provides instant access to the online catalogue.“
State Library of Victoria „The State Library of Victoria’s collection contains 1.5 million books, 16,000 current serials, CD-ROMs, reference works, and access to off-site resources. The library’s catalogue is accessible via the web (java and non-java based) and telnet.“
Trinity College Library „The Library of Trinity College is the largest research library in Ireland. In addition to the purchases and donations of almost four centuries, the Library is privileged in having the right to legal deposit of British and Irish publications. The Library contains a bookstock of almost four million volumes, twenty thousand current serials, significant holdings of maps and music and an extensive collection of manuscripts, the most famous being The Book of Kells.“
Universitaetsbibliothek Kiel | Kanada-Sammlung der UB Kiel The Canadian Document Centre of Kiel University on the one hand offers a collection of approximately 7000 books and journals dealing with Canadian language, literature or culture. On the other hand it provides information on other Canadian document centres, as for example a link to an account of all Canada collections in German libraries.
University of Alberta Libraries The resources of the University of Alberta Library Libraries comprise one of the major research collections in Canada. The system consists of 13 subject collections with a total of 3.6 million volumes, 735,000 government documents, 18,000 serials, 400,000 maps, 1,000,000 air photoes, audiovisual resources, and a large collection of research materials in microform. Collection access is provided through an online catalogue system, called The Gate.
University of Auckland Library „The University of Auckland Library is part of the Library Electronic Academic Resource Network (LEARN), the library catalogue Voyager includes books, journals, serials, conference proceedings, theses, newspapers, etc. and is searchable by author, title, keyword, and course materials.“
University of British Columbia Library „UBC Library is the third largest research library in Canada. There are libraries at 10 locations on campus, each specializing in a particular group of subjects. Together the libraries house over 3.7 million books and journals, 4.7 million microforms, and more than 1.5 million other items. The library catalogues are accessible via telnet or a web interface.“
University of Canterbury Library The University of Canterbury Library offers online access to its resources via a web client called PAC. The catalogue is searchable via title, author, keyword, etc. and contains books, journals, and other published resources.
University of Ottawa Library Network „The Library Network plays an integral role in the teaching programmes and research untertakings of the University of Ottawa. It consists of three libraries, with specialized services for media, music and maps. A staff of 171 persons are employed in the acquisition, cataloging, access and the use of the Network’s collecitons. The collections of the Library amount to some 4,497,000 physical items.“
University of Toronto Libraries „The University of Toronto provides access to an extensive and growing collection of electronic information resources. UTCat, the catalogue of the holdings, represents more than 8 million volumes in the more than 40 libraries at the University. UTCat includes books, journals, government publications, audio-visual materials, etc.“
The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress „The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress present a selection of ten plays written by Hurston (1891-1960), author, anthropologist, and folklorist. Deposited as typescripts in the United States Copyright Office between 1925 and 1944, most of the plays remained unpublished and unproduced until they were rediscovered in the Copyright Deposit Drama Collection in 1997. The plays reflect Hurston’s life experience, travels, and research, especially her study of folklore in the African-American South. Totaling 1,068 images, the scripts are housed in the Library’s Manuscript, Music, and Rare Book and Special Collections divisions.“