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The following is a list of DRC projects, and other digital resources developed at the U of S prior to the DRC opening in 2006, with publicly available websites. The DRC has also been instrumental in developing a number of private research resources, and is always working to make aspects of these private resources public. Projects are listed from newest to oldest.



The Note Books of a Woman Alone
Ella Ophir and Jade McDougall
This project introduces and makes freely available a rare and little-known text, The Note Books of a Woman Alone, edited by Mary Geraldine Ostle and first published by J.M. Dent in 1935. The text is a compilation of eight notebooks kept from about 1913 to 1934 by an unmarried woman who earned her living first as a governess, then as a clerk in a London employment agency for domestic workers. The website contains an enhanced electronic edition with searchable, annotated text; dustcover and page images; a new index; an introduction; contemporary reviews; and the original editor’s letters to Virginia Woolf, whose feminism inspired her work. We aim to reach a general readership as well as to foster further scholarly work on the book itself and on early twentieth-century women’s history and labour history.
Transformation of Civil Society: Oral History of Ukrainian Village Culture of the 1920-30s
Natalia Khanenko-Friesen
An oral history collection, available in English and Ukrainian, presenting testimonies of 126 Ukrainian villagers from across central and eastern Ukraine who in 1993-95 spoke about their lives in their communities during the 1920-30s. These interviews are a part of a large-scale research project on the transformation of civil society in the Ukrainian countryside in the 1920-30s that resulted from the Soviet forced collectivization of Ukraine’s agricultural communities.
Textual Communities
Peter Robinson, Frank Klaassen, & Brent Nelson
The Textual Communities project aims to establish a new model of partnership between scholars and readers everywhere in exploring texts. Increasingly, the base materials for research into texts are available on the internet. The huge volume of material now available requires many people to work on them. This project will provide an infrastructure and tools to allow anyone, anywhere, interested in a text to contribute to its study, as part of a community working together.
John Donne Society Digital Prose Archive
Brent Nelson
The John Donne Society Digital Prose Archive is an initiative of the John Donne Society to build an extensive digital archive of primary materials related to the prose works of John Donne, including images and XML-encoded transcriptions of every major witness of Donne’s prose in print and manuscript. This is a collaborative project. We invite participants from all walks of life, both professional and amateur scholars.
ArchBook: Architectures of the Book
Brent Nelson & Yin Liu
ArchBook is an open-access, peer-reviewed collection of richly illustrated essays about specific design features in the history of the book. Our goal is to make the diverse history of the book -- especially the under-appreciated parts of that history -- available to students, researchers, and the public.
The John Bargrave Collection
Brent Nelson
The Bargrave Collection is part of a project titled The Digital Ark, an archive of artefacts and natural specimens as represented by surviving records of early modern collections, museum databases, contemporary drawings and engravings, as well as images of extant remnants of these collections. The Bargrave Collection is an Alpha-stage prototype of the larger project, taking one collector as an example for modeling the way in which we will link and display data across diverse media. This is very much a work in progress.
Medieval Codes
Yin Liu
The Medieval Codes project works toward a better understanding of how medieval texts are coded. Many different ways of understanding navigation, language, and intentions are implicit in medieval reading practices, but our knowledge of these aspects of medieval manuscript culture is incomplete. A better understanding of the processes by which information was encoded, transmitted, and read in the Middle Ages will benefit medievalists, aid book historians in understanding manuscript cultures, and inform our post-print world of similar practices in existence before the rise of print culture.The project focusses on English texts, c 500 - c 1500.
Collage and Digital Bricolage
Tim Nowlin
This project seeks to develop an understanding of the roles of memory, forgetting and cultural detritus as they manifest in the digital reality by inhabiting and exploring the collective cultural memory of the World Wide Web as a technological or mnemonic regime that affects the nature and content of that collective memory. We use existing tools such as Photoshop to create digital collages similar to handmade collages as well as create new tools such as the Bric-o-browser, a special browser designed for rummaging the internet for artifacts and fragments of live websites in order to apply the creative process of bricolage, or collage-making, to that collective memory. As an application that allows a capturing of fragments of live websites, the Bric-o-browser will create digital collages that have a temporal component and reflect the forgetting aspect of the net by changing over time as sites and content change or fall into disuse.
Sir Hans Sloane's Correspondence Online
Lisa Smith
Sir Hans Sloane's Correspondence Online provides access to the letters of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), famous physician, scientist and collector. Sloane's letters cover a wide range of topics, such as science, travel, collecting and medicine.
The Grub Street Project
Allison Muri
The Grub Street Project is a digital edition of eighteenth-century London. By mapping its print culture, literature, and trades, it aims to create both a historically accurate visualization of the city's commerce and communications, and a record of how its authors and artists portrayed it.
Nuremberg Chronicle
Sharon Wright
Welcome to the Athol Murray Archive and Mapping the Pages’ Nuremberg Chronicle. While a number of Chronicles survive in large libraries and archives around the world, the Wilcox Nuremberg Chronicle is remarkable for its voyage through time and geography to its current home in the village of Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Tunbridge Walks
Ronald W. Cooley
This electronic edition of Thomas Baker’s Tunbridge Walks; or, The Yeoman of Kent is the project of a collaborative graduate seminar at the University of Saskatchewan. The base text for our edition is the British Library’s copy of the 1703 first edition, the only edition for which Baker is likely to have had any contact with the printer.
Mary Shelley’s Lives of the Eminent Literary and Scientific Men
Lisa Vargo
This project reproduces five volumes of biographies that Mary Shelley (the author of Frankenstein) contributed to Dionysius Lardner’s Cabinet Cyclopaedia: Italian Lives (2 volumes,1835), Spanish and Portuguese Lives (1837), and French Lives (2 volumes, 1839).
"Turne Backe the Leaves": Selected English Renaissance Religious Writing
Ronald W. Cooley
This edition of sixteenth and seventeenth century religious writing is the result of a collaborative honours seminar at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002-2003. Works by seven early modern English religious writers, most of which are unavailable in twentieth-century editions.Early on, the requirement to work from microfilm copies of individual early printed editions, and the impossibility of travelling to research libraries to collect and collate textual variants, led the editors to resolve on a documentary edition.
Thomas Gataker's Marriage Duties Briefly Couched Togither
Ronald W. Cooley
This electronic quasi-facsimile edition of Thomas Gataker's Marriage Duties Briefly Couched Togither is the project of a collaborative senior undergraduate seminar at the University of Saskatchewan. The edition consists of an annotated transcription of the Huntington Library's copy of the 1620 first (and only) edition (included in the UMI Early English Books Microfilm collection), along with a biographical introduction, a comprehensive bibliography of Gataker's works, and extensive primary and secondary bibliographies on early modern marriage and family life.
Concordance to the Proverbs in Old Icelandic Sagas
Richard Harris
A new and exhaustive listing of the paremiological materials found in Old Icelandic Sagas. A compilation to help better understand a range of aspects of saga narrative.
The Anna Lætitia Barbauld Web Site
Lisa Vargo & Allison Muri
The purpose of the project is to take a small number of Anna Barbauld's poems and to investigate how the medium of hypertext might be used to place a work within its literary, historical, cultural, and political contexts. Above all, we wish to transcend the limitations of the printed page to explore a different sort of editing.
As One Phoenix: Four Seventeenth-Century Women Poets
Ronald W. Cooley
This anthology is a project of an undergraduate seminar class in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan. This is the first edition (1998) prepared by Ronald W. Cooley for his site Early Modern Electronic Texts. As One Phoenix was created to produce a readable selection of poems by four important poets: Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Aemilia Lanyer, Katherine Philips, and Lady Mary Wroth, which could be inexpensively reproduced for classroom use.
The Electronic Seafarer
Corey Owen
This electronic edition of the Old English Seafarer includes a transcribed diplomatic text, textual notes, various analogues and influences, an editorial and a general introduction, and an extensive annotated bibliography. In order to facilitate the design of this project, I have constructed this reading edition around a normalised text of the poem. The hypertext edition provides a useful platform for such an edition because it allows the reader to navigate relatively easily through an intimidating amount of information.
The Prufrock Papers
Peter Stoicheff
The hypertext platform is ideally suited to the display of intertextual material. T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (seen to the left) was chosen as an occasion for designing a digital edition of a literary text due to its structure being densely allusive and challenging for the electronic editor who wants to display complex intertextual relationships in a manner accessible to all readers. A second motivation, besides the one of intertextual display, was to design a digital edition of a literary text that was both academically sound and useful to all levels of readers of Eliot’s poetry. The third goal of this edition was to exploit the advantages of the digital platform without abusing the integrity of Eliot’s text or of the scholarly editing process.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818)
Peter Stoicheff
This site is a hypertext resource for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It explores the novel's editorial variations and many of its intertexts, particularly those concerning the political and scientific issues of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and serves as a preliminary study of the Gothic genre.

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