Frankenstein and friends are going digital - and the University of Maryland is helping to make it happen! Thanks to a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the works of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraf will all be digitized as part of the Shelley-Godwin Archive.
MITH Director, Neil Fraistat
Credit: University of Marland
MITH - the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities - will create the project's infrastructure with the assistance of the New York Public Library's digital humanities group, NYPL Labs. MITH Director Neil Fraistat, a renowned scholar in both the digital humanities and Shelley studies, will serve as co-Principal Investigator along with Elizabeth C. Denlinger, Curator of the Pforzheimer Collection of the New York Public Library.
Along with MITH and the NY Public Library, partners include humanities scholars, curators, and information scientists from the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, the Houghton Library of Harvard University, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and the British Library. They will work to put manuscripts and early editions of these Romantic writers online and freely accessible to the public.
Fraistat says MITH and the Bodleian will further develop the tools and interface used for the Shakespeare Quartos Archive. Tools and functions will include the ability to collate texts, overlay images of the original manuscripts and view them side by side, search the complete text, and tag content with user annotations. The prototype will be tested by undergraduate and graduate students, and established specialists drawn largely from the project's advisory board.
MITH and its partners are working to cultivate and further the Shelley-Godwin Archive as a comprehensive, accurate and accessible digital resource for British Romanticism scholars and the general public. The hope is to provide an easily accessible resource for those interested in studying nineteenth-century verse, history, and letters.