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Hoose Library of Philosophy: Collections, History, Art & Architecture and Digital Humanities Projects and Resources: DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROJECTS & RESOURCES

A brief guide to the USC James Harmon Hoose Library of Philosophy and its rare book and manuscript special collections, history, and art and architecture. USC Libraries news, events, projects and services.

Inspiration for Digital Humanities Projects!

The William Blake Archive is a digital humanities project first created in 1996. The project is sponsored by the Library of Congress and supported by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Inspired by the Rossetti Archive, the archive provides digital reproductions of the various works of William Blake, a prominent Romantic-period poet, artist, and engraver, alongside annotation, commentary and scholarly materials related to Blake.

Image source: The William Blake Archive website,

Eaves, Morris (December 1997). "Behind the Scenes at the William Blake Archive: Collaboration Takes More Than E-mail". Journal of Electronic Publishing. 3 (2). doi:10.3998/3336451.0003.202

Digital Humanties Projects & Resources

Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library) are collaborating on the Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project. The Project Blog provides details about the process including the equipment, infrastructure and people that make digitization possible, as well as their digitization techniques and methods.

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Digital Humanities Projects & Resources

"Paleography is the history and study of handwriting. Old scripts can be very beautiful, but sometimes difficult to read. This site presents over 100 carefully selected French manuscripts written between 1300 and 1700, with tools for deciphering them and learning about their social, cultural, and institutional settings."


Research Guides for Digital Humanities Resources

The Digital Humanities Research Guidecreated by Dr. Danielle Mihram, is a comprehensive and impressive resource that will guide you through all aspects of digital humanities from just getting started to publishing and teaching. Dr. Mihram has been USC Libraries Liaison Librarian for The Digital Humanities for a few years and has compiled several Research Guides that are invaluable resources. I highly recommend checking out all these research guides have to offer! For more background information regarding Dr. Mihram please see the box below.

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Dr. Danielle Mihram

Dr. Danielle Mihram is University Librarian at the University of Southern California [USC]. Prior to USC, she was a member on the Faculty of several academic institutions, including New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, and the University of Sydney (Australia).

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Library Science (MLS) from Rutgers University.  She is the selector and liaison to the USC Dornsife College’s Department of French and Italian and she offers field-specific consultations on research and assessment in French and Italian.  In addition, for well over a decade (1997-2013), she taught (in that department) upper division undergraduate courses, (with a strong multimedia component).  From 1996 to 2007 she was Director of USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching [CET; Provost Office) and she remains a member of CET as one of its Distinguished Faculty Fellows. Under her leadership at CET, the scope and breadth of CET’s programs gained national prominence and recognition.

Digital Humanities Projects & Resources

Broken Books project under development at the Center for Digital Humanities at Saint Louis University

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“A presentation concerning the virtual reconstruction of the Llangattock Breviary, or the Breviary of Leonello d'Este, the first test case manuscript of the Broken Books project under development at the Center for Digital Humanities at Saint Louis University. Credits: Debra Taylor Cashion, PhD, MLIS; Bryan Haberberger, Project Developer.”

"This project is developing a web-based application that will allow for the virtual reconstruction of pre-modern manuscript books that at some time in their history were taken apart, "broken" into pieces and dispersed. Using Shared Canvas technology, we are building a digital resource that will allow users to contribute images and information, including cataloging metadata, about undiscovered leaves of the Llangattock Breviary, with the goal of virtually reconstructing the original manuscript."



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