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Category: E-resource review

Women in Book History Bibliography

Women in Book History Bibliography. Texas A&M University: 2016. <www.womensbookhistory.org>

Women in Book History Bibliography is a very useful tool for researchers interested in the scholarship devoted to the topic. Compiled by Cait Coker and Kate Ozment, two doctoral students in English at Texas A&M University, it has grown from 165 entries at the time of the web site’s launch on May 2, 2016, to 588 entries as of November 11, 2016.

Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960

Travel-themed cover of Maclean’s magazine. Source: https://tinyurl.com/yans266k

Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960. University of Strathclyde: 2011. <http://www.middlebrowcanada.org/>

The establishment of Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960, as a web-based resource emerged from a research project of the same name by Faye Hammill and Michelle Smith at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. In 2015, they also published a monograph on this topic.

The Pulp Magazines Project

Collection of “dime novel” and “nickel weeklies” covers. Source: https://pulpmags.wordpress.com/

The Pulp Magazines Project. Patrick Belk, Nathan Madison: 2011. <http://pulpmags.org/>

The first generation of cooperative, open-access libraries were text-based transcriptions like Project Gutenberg. In the past 20 years digital imaging equipment has improved while the price for it has plummeted. The creation of digital storage/server operations with capacity measured in gigabytes and terabytes (soon in terms of petabytes) makes possible the capture and presentation of image-based files that previously were possible only on microfilm.

The Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access digital collection of pulp magazine content “for the study and preservation of one of the twentieth century’s most influential print culture forms: the all-fiction pulpwood magazine.”

Mapping the Republic of Letters

An intellectual map of science in the Spanish Empire, 1600-1810. Source: http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/casestudies/spanishempire.html

Mapping the Republic of Letters. Stanford University: 2013. <http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/>

Mapping the Republic of Letters is a digital humanities program from Stanford University’s Humanities Center in collaboration with leading international partners. It sheds light on how historical scientific networks contributed to the spread of knowledge from the age of Erasmus to the time of Franklin. Through letters, sociability, and travel this ancient spider’s web was critical to communication and criticism of thought, circulation of people, and commerce of books in the modern era.

Robert Darnton. A Literary Tour de France

The political geography of France as illustrated on a map from 1762. Source: http://www.robertdarnton.org/literarytour/maps

A Literary Tour de France. Robert Darnton: 2014. <http://www.robertdarnton.org/>

If the clever title isn’t enough to interest a book historian in this e-resource, the name behind it likely will be. Robert Darnton is a renowned historian specializing in the French book in the era of the Revolution. Recently, however, he has expanded his focus to digital scholarship, and as such, he is likely the perfect person to launch such an exploratory resource.