Digital Collections and Projects

The Clark Library has several digital collections and projects ongoing. Two large digitization projects focus on early modern manuscript material. We are digitizing over 300 English manuscripts through a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Digitizing Hidden Collections grant and approximately 285 early modern annotated books through a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant. The collections will grow in the coming months as more items are digitized and published online. For the most part, the facsimiles are hosted on Calisphere, the University of California’s platform for digital collections.

Early Modern English Manuscripts

This collection contains complete digital scans of over 300 early modern English bound manuscripts from the Clark Library. Dating primarily from the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries, these handwritten texts comprise a vast range of manuscript genres, including commonplace books, miscellanies, recipe collections, historical treatises, literary manuscripts, sermon notebooks, scientific texts, heraldic manuals, musical collections, travel narratives, legal compilations, and account books. Together, these items offer an expansive research archive for historians and literary critics, with particular strengths in social history, history of food and medicine, musicology, textual studies, and history of the book. Digitization of these items has been made possible by the generous support of CLIR, who awarded the Clark a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant in 2015.

Early Modern Annotated Books

Comprising ten early modern printed books bearing handwritten annotations, this collection offers much evidence for studying the material history of reading. The annotated books were digitized as part of a pilot project by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (who owns the physical books) and the UCLA Digital Library Program. The books collected here range in subject matter (from science and natural history to literature and philosophy), time period (1570–1779), and type of annotation (from scholarly commentary and cross-referencing to printers’ notations and polemical criticism). The annotators themselves include translator John Florio, literary critic John Dennis, French bibliophile François-Louis Jamet, avian enthusiast Judith Gowing, lawyer Thomas Turner, and country vicar Thomas Austen, as well as several unidentified readers. The volumes are part of a larger collection of early modern annotated books held by the Clark, which will be digitized and published through an NEH grant, which began in May 2017 and concludes in October 2018.

Transcriptions of Annotated Books

This website is part of a pilot project to digitize ten annotated books from the collection of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. Though modest in scope, it functions as a small digital exhibition/archive of early modern annotated books. Each of the books represents a different time period, subject, and/or method of annotation. XML-encoded transcriptions (custom or TEI) accompany high-resolution scans to give users a new kind of access to annotated books. To date, eight of ten books have fully encoded transcriptions available on this site, and transcriptions of the final two are forthcoming. The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation not only has made these transcriptions possible but is also making possible the transcription of approximately ten codex manuscripts in summer 2018.

Eric Gill Art Collection

Collection of work created by the English artist Eric Gill (1882-1940). The collection is hosted by the UCLA Digital Library but will be migrated to Calisphere in the future.