Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0388. Tuesday, 3 May 1994.
Date: Monday, 2 May 94 16:32:04 PDT
Subject: NEWS RELEASE FROM RLG
The following is a news announcement from the Research Libraries Group. It is
being posted to other library-related LISTSERVs.
E IS FOR ENGLISH ONLINE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY SHORT TITLE CATALOGUE EXPANDS
The Research Libraries Group (RLG) and the International Committee of the
Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) have added nearly 75,000
records covering the period before 1701 to the ESTC bibliographic database in
RLIN, RLG's online union catalog of more than 64 million items. Because of its
new scope, RLIN ESTC now will be known as the English Short Title Catalogue.
When completed, ESTC will contain records for virtually every English
letterpress item published between 1473 and 1800. The catalogue describes
materials published in English and the other British languages anywhere in the
world, as well as materials published in England or its dependencies in any
The Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research, University of California,
Riverside, did the majority of the new ESTC cataloging itself. The Center plans
to continue to create records, in conjunction with the British Library, until
RLIN's coverage of pre-1701 imprints is complete.
At this point, ESTC includes some 70 percent of the items recorded in the
second edition of Pollard and Redgrave's standard work, "Short-Title Catalogue
of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English Books Printed
Abroad, 1475-1640," as well as nearly half the items in the second edition of
Donald Wing's short title catalogue for the years 1641-1700.
"The file contains numerous items not listed in the STC and Wing
bibliographies," observes Stephen Tabor, Senior Bibliographer for the ESTC,
based at the Huntington Library. "Most of these are new editions of known
works, some of which will be of great interest to scholars; but some are
previously unrecorded texts. We have also shown certain items in the published
bibliographies to be ghosts."
Much of this material is accessible on microfilm, and ESTC records include
specific pointers to University Microfilms International's "Early English
books, 1475-1640," "Early English books, 1641-1700," and "Thomason Tracts"
microfilm sets, as well as showing where thousands of unfilmed items can be
The bulk of the new ESTC records were created under grants from the National
Endowment for the Humanities and the US Department of Education's Title II-C
program. Additional funding was provided by the Ahmanson Foundation, the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation, and the Carl. E. Pforzheimer Foundation.