Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Fall 2009  Newsletter

Digitization Project Provides Access to Eighteenth-Century Books

The Ransom Center is contributing more than 4,000 books to the Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) digitization project. The goal of the project is to provide digital access to every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.

The Ransom Center is employing graduate students part-time from the University's School of Information to scan materials from its collections, ranging from books and directories to Bibles, sheet music, sermons, and broadside advertisements. The materials cover a vibrant historical period, including the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Industrial Revolution, and provide one of the most comprehensive historical archives of its kind. The Ransom Center's holdings of eighteenth-century English books are recognized as among the finest in the United States.

Once scanned, the 26 million pages of text will have full-text search capabilities and be available to subscribers online.

The Ransom Center received a Digibook in October 2008 to scan the materials, and it will remain at the Center once the project is complete for the Center's use on other digitization projects.

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