A Brief History of Blake Camp

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By Morris Eaves

Photo of Blake Camp members.

“Blake Boyz” and “Blake Camp” are sticky labels that John Unsworth invented in the early years of the Archive. This June Blake Camp celebrated its 21st birthday—or maybe its 19th or 20th, depending on how you count, because the label came a bit later than the annual gathering of the principal participants.

To understand what Blake Camp—the annual pivot point for our project—is and how it got that way, a little history is helpful.

Blake Camp participants of yesteryear.
Back row from the left: Kari Kraus, Morris Eaves, Andrea Laue, Joseph Viscomi. Front row from the left: Matt Kirschenbaum, Robert Essick.
Photo by John Unsworth

In the December 1997 issue of the online Journal of Electronic Publishing appeared “Behind the Scenes at the William Blake Archive: Collaboration Takes More Than E-mail,” [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/3336451.0003.202] a slightly expanded version of a paper I had presented in September at Unsworth’s session of DRH97, a conference on digital resources in the humanities at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. I began by explaining that my presentation

concerns the William Blake Archive, a Web-based project supported by the Getty Grant Program and developed under the auspices of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia. …read more

Source: http://blakearchive.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/history-blake-camp/