The William Blake Archive: an update

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Please see below for a statement from the William Blake Archive:


‘Two decades ago, the William Blake Archive set out to address, through the opportunities of digital media, the considerable challenges inherent in reproducing Blake’s work. A pioneer in digital humanities scholarship, the archive has brought together both streams of Blake’s work, for the first time making it easily available as he originally created it. A newly launched, transformative redesign of the archive makes this international public resource even more accessible to scholars and casual readers.

The archive now holds almost 7,000 images from 45 of the world’s leading research libraries and museums. It integrates editions, catalogs, databases, and scholarly tools into a single electronic archive.

It is a joint project of the University of Rochester and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with support from the Library of Congress.

The archive made history when, in 2003, it became the first electronic scholarly edition to receive the Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition from the Modern Language Association, the major professional organization for the study and teaching of language and literature. And in 2005, the archive received the MLA’s Approved Edition seal—another digital edition first.

Here’s a link to our story, which we have presented in conjunction with National Poetry Month.’

– Kathleen McGarvey