Kennen Sie schon … das Shelley-Godwin Archive?

Das Archiv sam­melt Mate­ri­alien der Fam­i­lie um Per­cy Bysshe Shel­ley und Mary Woll­stonecraft Shel­ley:

The Shel­ley-God­win Archive pro­vides the dig­i­tized man­u­scripts of Per­cy Bysshe Shel­ley, Mary Woll­stonecraft Shel­ley, William God­win, and Mary Woll­stonecraft, aim­ing to unite online for the first time the wide­ly dis­persed hand­writ­ten lega­cy of this unique­ly gift­ed fam­i­ly of writ­ers, and there­by doc­u­ment their works, life, and thought, includ­ing the devel­op­ment of many out­stand­ing pieces of Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture and polit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy.

The result of a part­ner­ship between the New York Pub­lic Library and the Mary­land Insti­tute for Tech­nol­o­gy in the Human­i­ties, in coop­er­a­tion with Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the S‑GA also includes key con­tri­bu­tions from the Hunt­ing­ton Library, the British Library, the Houghton Library, and the Vic­to­ria and Albert Muse­um. In total, these part­ner libraries con­tain over 90% of all known rel­e­vant man­u­scripts.

In the ini­tial phas­es of the project, we are most inter­est­ed in pro­vid­ing open and cen­tral­ized access for the wide­ly dis­trib­uted man­u­scripts, mak­ing them view­able as pages both in the order in which they appear in the man­u­script and in the lin­ear sequence in which they appear in the work. The man­u­script note­books of Per­cy Shel­ley, in par­tic­u­lar, are gen­er­al­ly filled with a vari­ety of mate­r­i­al, with the drafts of indi­vid­ual poems scat­tered through­out on any avail­able pages. While there is much valu­able infor­ma­tion to be gained by view­ing these pages in their note­book order, being able to see in sequence all of the pages belong­ing to a par­tic­u­lar work is also extreme­ly valu­able. Over time, we hope to present all known man­u­scripts for any giv­en work of our four authors. Thus, for exam­ple, we will be unit­ing the fair copy of Prometheus Unbound with all of the known drafts for the poem, with the drafts them­selves pre­sent­ed, as close­ly as pos­si­ble, both in the lin­ear sequence of the work and in the page sequence of the man­u­scripts in which they are found. Our “Explore the Archive” sec­tion presents users with the choice of access­ing page images in the form of man­u­scripts or works.

Man kann am Archiv stöbern; die Suche wird zurzeit über­ar­beit­et.
Zum Ein­stieg emp­fiehlt sich die Über­sicht „Using the Archive“.

Screenshot aus dem Shelley-Godwin-Archiv: "Frankenstein Volume I Draft in Chapter Sequence" ( (Stand 28.9.2022)

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