Digital Transcription Projects

Deciphering Dickens

A crowdsourced transcription project to decipher Dickens’s manuscripts. The Dickens archives present an almost unique resource for understanding the entire process of textual composition, production, reproduction and dissemination.

George Eliot Archive

The Archive provides free access to all of Eliot’s writings: the standard “Cabinet Edition” of the novels and short stories, her complete poetry, her translations, and all her non-fiction essays.

Melville’s Marginalia Online

An electronic catalogue of books owned and borrowed by Herman Melville, and a digital edition of marked and annotated books that survive from his library.

The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler

This edition includes all the letters written by Whistler and all the letters written to him; letters mentioning Whistler are also included on a selective basis.


Holographical Lee (HoL) – Letters, Notebooks and Manuscripts by Vernon Lee (Violet Paget, 1856-1935) aims to make facsimiles and transcripts of Vernon Lee’s many letters accessible.

Elizabeth Jesser Reid’s Correspondence Networks: A Digital Archive

This electronic archive contains Elizabeth Jesser Reid’s personal correspondence held in the archives of Royal Holloway, University of London, the largest collection of Reid’s papers.

Image to Text: Mary Hamilton papers

A new three-year project that will have full-text search, a ‘personography’, a tagged and searchable linguistic corpus, digital viewer, and more (first searchable website launching 2021).

The Carlyle Letters Online

A fully digitized version of one of the most comprehensive literary archives of the nineteenth century, The Carlyle Letters Online features thousands of letters written by Scottish author and historian Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), to over 600 recipients throughout the world.

Penmanship Manuals

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