The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1042 Saturday, 24 October 1998.
Date: Friday, 23 Oct 1998 12:38:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: The Shakespeare Electronic Archive
I would like to announce that the first installment of the Shakespeare
Electronic Archive is now available to readers at the Folger Shakespeare
Library. Additional public sites at MIT and the Shakespeare Institute
will soon be ready .
The Archive now includes:
-The Oxford Electronic Edition, based on the Wells and Taylor Complete
-Electronic Transcriptions of the Folio and Hamlet Q1 and Q2
-Digital images of the First Folio including all known variant states of
each page, selected by Peter Blayney
-Digital images of Hamlet Q1 and Q2, prepared with the assistance of
Michael J. Warren.
-1000 works of art and illustration relevant to Hamlet from Folger
holdings, prepared by Alan Young
-Sample video from the Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Ragnar Lyth, and
Richard Burton Hamlets.
The Archive allows scholars to juxtapose and compare a variety of
electronic texts with an ever-growing collection of digitized artifacts
(folio images, quarto images, art, film). All materials are linked to
the lines to which they are most relevant, allowing for synchonization
among the various collections.
Materials to be added in the coming months include eighteen quarto
editions from the Huntington Library collection and complete versions of
the Forbes-Robertson, Lyth, and Burton films, as well as the Sven Gade
Hamlet, the Sarah Bernhardt "duel scene," and the Fredrick Warde Richard
A public website, "Hamlet on the Ramparts", containing a wide range of
materials relevant to Hamlet 1.4 and 1.5 is under construction. In
addition to Folger and Huntington materials, the website will include
the text of these scenes from the Arden 2 "Hamlet", the Folger "Hamlet"
(ed. Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine), the "Three-Text Hamlet (ed.
Bernice Kliman and Paul Bertram), and images from the Shakespeare
Centre, the Furness Collection at Penn and elsewhere. An announcement
will appear on SHAKSPER when the site is launched.
The Shakespeare Electronic Archive has been funded by the National
Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and
has been developed at MIT in collaboration with the Folger and
Huntington Libraries and with the active participation of many SHAKSPER
We are very pleased with the results for this test installation and hope
it will prove useful. But we will need input from as many of you as
possible as we try to improve and expand this resource. If you have the
opportunity to visit the Folger, please give the Archive a try, let us
know what you think about it-and fill out the questionnaire!
Peter S. Donaldson, Director, Shakespeare Electronic Archive