The British Columbia Digital
Digital Library Collections By Subject: Literature:
Scope note: These works, which include non-fiction, may be in any
language or literary genre. Here are also philosophical treatises on various
topics not listed elsewhere in the BC Digital Library subject catalogue.
See also Collections by
Title International Collections by Institution
specific time periods for literature and
Digital de Obras Raras e Especiais. São Paulo, Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo.
An extraordinary collection of digital
facsimile rare books on a wide range of topics dating back to the 1400s
(pre-1501 works are incunabula).
Many of these works pertain to early exploration of the Western Hemisphere
by European adventurers and scientists. Date accessed: 2004-03-06. Date
- CJH Digital Collections. New York, NY: Center for Jewish History, 2007-. Multimedia digital facsimile collection of Jewish history, which includes books. Date accessed: 2007-04-01. Date added: 2007-04-01.
- Classic Bookshelf.
Ivybridge, Devon, UK: Classic Bookshelf Ltd., 2000-.  Free HTML transcriptions
of classic English language and translated literary works presented in HTML
or in a Java-based interface that allows you to select various layout and
display options. Date accessed: 2004-03-06. Date added: 2004-03-06.
- Early Modern
Literary Studies (ISSN 1201-2459). Scholarly electronic journal
focusing on English literature from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.
Extenstive links to electronic texts including classical Graeco-Roman works in
English translation (for example, Aristotle, Homer, Plato, Virgil). Site-search
- Electronic Text Collections
in Western European Literature (Western European Studies Section,
Association of College and Research Libraries). Part of
WESSWEB, this guide is specific to online
full-text collections in various European languages.
- The English Server
(Eserver.org hosted by University of Washington). See also
Digital Collections by Subject.
- EuroDocs, Primary
Historical Documents From Western Europe: Selected Transcriptions,
Facsimiles and Translations (Compiled by Richard Hacken, European Studies
Bibliographer, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Utah). This
guide covers all manner of historical documents back to the Roman conquests. As
of February 2001, because there is no site-search engine, site navigation is
through topical categories and the links are generally in chronological order
by the date of the historical document.
Manuscript Server Initiative (EMSI) (Hosted by Humanities Information
Technologies Research Programme, University of Bergen, Norway). Digital
facsimile archive which provides access to sample historical manuscript images.
Free public access is not guaranteed into the future.
- Forgotten Ground
Regained: A Treasury of Alliterative and Accentual Poetry (Edited by Paul
Deane). Includes links to full-text electronic versions of poetry from the
medieval to the modern era illustrative of the alliterative technique.
Date updated: 2001.12.04.
- HTI Public Domain
Modern English Collection (Humanities Text Initiative, University of
Michigan). Searchable/browsable SGML or TEI-encoded full-text collection of
17th through 20th century fiction, non-fiction and poetry from a variety of
sources, including individual contributors.
(Ian C. Johnston hosted by Liberal Studies Department, Malaspina
- Latin Online
Resources (Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library).
Searchable/browsable collection of electronic versions of Latin language works.
Some works are restricted works.
in Translation Electronic Texts (Electronic Text Center, University of
Virginia Library). Searchable/browsable collection of electronic versions of
English translations of world literature from all time periods. Some works are
- The Literature Network. East Lansing, MI: Jalic Inc., 2000-. Summary: " We currently have nearly 3000 full books and almost 4000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors." A subscription plan is available that provides access without the advertising and allows you to annotate any of the texts. Date added: 2010-12-06.
Edited and published by Jan Pridmore. Summary: " Literaryhistory.com is an index to high-quality, free internet articles on
topics in English and American literature. It is designed to be convenient and
useful for students, scholars, writers, teachers, reading groups, and general
readers. All links lead directly to articles, and articles must meet basic
academic standards to be included. Literaryhistory.com ... has been online since 1998."
As of October 2002, the site includes articles about 19th century British
literature and 20th century American and British literature. Date accessed:
2002-10-18. Date added: 2002-10-18.
- Luminarium (Edited
by Anniina Jokinen). Established ca. 1996, this extensive multimedia site
covers the Medieval period (14th and 15th centuries), the Renaissance (16th
century), and the 17th century. In addition to background information on these
periods and the writers, site includes anthologies of works by various authors
representative of their times.
- Manuscripts, Paleography, Codicology. Compiled by Martin Irvine and Deborah Everhart.
Hosted by Georgetown University (Washington, DC) as part of The Labyrinth:
Resources for Medieval Studies. Includes a list of " Manuscript Images and Projects in Digitized Images of Manuscripts" .
Date accessed: 2002-02-09. Date added: 2002-02-10.
- The Modern
English Collection (Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia
Library). Searchable/browsable English-language SGML-encoded works from 1500 to
the present. The collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama,
letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations, and various topical
categories for ease of searching and browsing.
Philological Museum: A Site Devoted to Humanistic Letters,
Principally British. Maintained by Dana F. Sutton. Irvine, California: University
of California, Irvine. HTML transcriptions of Renaissance works primarily
written in English and  Latin. Date added: 2002-09-08.
Corner (Created by Bob Blair and others). As of February 2001, close to 700
poets and over 6,000 individual poems and complete books are represented by
this collection in HTML format. The full-text works are chiefly public-domain
and from around the world, but primarily in English translation. Access is by
author, title, subject indexes or keyword search. Biographical information on
some of the poets is also available, along with a bibliography and links to
- Retrospektive Digitalisierung
wissenschaftlicher Rezensionsorgane und Literaturzeitschriften des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem deutschen Sprachraum.
Bielefeld, Germany: Bibliothek, Universität Biefeld. Full-text searchable or browsable collection of German language science
and literary magazines. Several  of these magazines reported on global
events from a German perspective. Date added: 2002-09-04. Date updated:
- Sammlung Albert Ritzaeus Hardenberg.
Emden, Germany: Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek. Browsable/searchable digital
facsimile collection of works published up to 1580, including incunabula, and owned by the theologian/humanist
Albert Ritzaeus Hardenberg (1510-1574). Date accessed: 2004-03-06. Date
Digitale Inkunabelbibliothek (vdIB) = Decentralized Digital Incunabula
Library. Cologne, Germany: Univerität zu Köln and  Universität und Stadtbibliothek
Köln Wolfenbuettel, Germany: Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuettel. Summary:
" In total approx. 1000 incunabula [works printed in 1501 and earlier]
will be digitized in Cologne and Wolfenbuettel (500 each) making up 5 up
to 6% of the titles preserved worldwide. Thus the project provides a significant
basis for the complete digitization of all available incunabula in the future.
The material will be presented on the web in such a way that it may be easily
integrated into any other virtual collection of incunabula, imprints or
manuscripts." Date accessed: 2004-03-06. Date added: 2004-03-06.
- Die virtuelle Welt des Alten Buches
(The Virtual World of the Rare Book). Berlin, Germany: Abteilung Historische Drucke
(Department of Early Printed Books), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Subject gateway to rare book resources,
including full-text and databases,  in and outside Germany.
Date accessed: 2004-08-26. Date added: 2004-08-26.
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