Related Projects and Resources Online

There follows a collection of links to related projects and resources on the web. The list is provisional, and will be augmented steadily as the Project develops; if you would like to suggest a link, please Contact Us. Cultures of Knowledge is not responsible for the content of external sites. All links will open in a new window. They are organised in several categories:

Catalogues of Letters
Research Projects
John Aubrey
John Wallis
Martin Lister
Edward Lhwyd
Samuel Hartlib
Jan Amos Comenius
Research Centres and Societies
Museums and Libraries


Large-Scale Digital Catalogues of Seventeenth-Century Letters

Catalogus Epistolarum Neerlandicarum
A regularly updated database of letters in the collections of the university libraries in Amsterdam (UvA), Leiden, Groningen, and Utrecht, of the Royal Library in The Hague, of the Meermanno-Westreenianum Museum and of the Nederlands Letterkundig Museum en Documentatiecentrum in The Hague, of the Provincial Library Friesland in Leeuwarden, and of the Stads- of Athenaeumbibliotheek in Deventer. CEN contains more than 265,000 references and abstracts of a total of approximately 1,000,000 letters from 1600 to the present.

Corpus Epistolicum Recentioris Aevi (CERA)
Digitized images and partially searchable text of some 55,000 pages of printed correspondence from between 1530 and 1770, including some forty printed letter collections from the seventeenth century, most of them philological and literary correspondences from central Europe.

Electronic Enlightenment
Pioneering online repository of eighteenth-century correspondences, based in the Bodleian Library and the Humanities Division of the University of Oxford. Now in its second version.

A still-expanding database of autographs and collections of literary papers in over 100 German libraries, archives, and other collections.

Lists of Royal Society Fellows 1660-2007
A searchable resource, with links to prosopographical material, secondary literature, and manuscript sources (including correspondence) in the Royal Society archives.

Repertorium der handschriftlichen Nachlässe in den Bibliotheken und Archiven der Schweiz

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Research Projects on Early Modern Correspondences

Francis Bacon Correspondence Project
Initiative based at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, QMUL.

Calendar of the Papers of (Hans) William Bentnick
Catalogue of the letters of the 1st Earl of Portland (which contain several mentions of Martin Lister), based at the Portland Collection at the University of Nottingham.

Correspondence of Theodore Beza
An online inventory of the letters of the French theologian.

Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1585-1597
Initiative based at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, QMUL.

Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic (CKCC)
Large digitization project based at Huygens ING.

Carolus Clusius Project
An inventory with links to scans of manuscripts and printed letters. Part of the Scaliger Institute, the Special Collections Research Centre at Leiden University Library.

NEW! William Dugdale: A Catalogue of his Correspondence
Online calendar of the letters of the English antiquary, prepared by Dr Jan Broadway from the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, QMUL.

Letters of William Herle
Initiative based at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, QMUL.

The Correspondence of Constantijn Huygens, 1608-1687
An inventory and pdf version of J. A. Worp’s edition of Huygen’s letters, based at the Institute of Netherlands History.

The Correspondence of Athanasius Kircher
Italian project with the goal of making the letters of the seventeenth-century Jesuit available online.

Leibniz: Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe
Site accompanying a series of hard copy editions of the letters of the German polymath, featuring texts of recently published volumes and a basic finding list.

The Linnaean Correspondence
Online inventory of the letters of the Swedish naturalist, with transcriptions and images in many cases.

Mapping the Republic of Letters
Pioneering visualization initiative based at Stanford University.

The Medici Archive Project
Digitization initiative based in the Archivio di Stato in Florence.

The Newton Project
Pioneering initiative based at the University of Sussex.

The Correspondence of William of Orange, 1549-1584
A digital survey of his correspondence, based at the Institute of Netherlands History.

The Correspondence of the Brothers Pez
Large digitization project based at the University of Vienna.

Letters of Philip II, King of Spain, 1592-1597
Project based at Brigham Young University.

The Portsmouth and Macclesfield Collections
Digitization of Sir Isaac Newton’s manuscript writings, based at Cambridge University Library.

Josephus Justus Scaliger (1540-1609): Edition of the Correspondence
Initiative based at The Warburg Institute, University of London.

NEW! Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online
Resource designed by Lisa Smith from the University of Saskatchewan.

The Spenser Letters
Online edition of the letters of Edmund Spenser, based at the University of Cambridge.

Letters of a Stuart Princess: the Complete Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia
Initiative based at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, QMUL.

The Ussher Project

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John Aubrey

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John Wallis

The Wallis Project
Oxford-based initiative exploring language, logic, and musical theory in Wallis’s writings and correspondence.

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Martin Lister

Royal College of Physicians Garden
A garden created by the Royal College of Physicians to honour past luminaries, featuring an orchid named after Lister (the Listera ovata).

‘Spiderman’: The Virtuosity of Martin Lister, an Early Royal Society Luminary
Podcast of a lecture on Lister by Dr Anna Marie Roos, delivered at the Royal Society in November 2008.

Slideshow: 300-Year-Old Engravings Shed Light on Women in Science
Conchological copperplates prepared by Lister’s two daughters showcased by ‘Nature’ News.

Women’s Work: Portraits of 12 Scientific Illustrators from the 17th to the 21st Century
Exhibition at the Linda Hall Library, in which the contribution of Susannah and Anna Lister to their father’s research is analyzed.

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Edward Lhwyd

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Samuel Hartlib

The Hartlib Papers Project
Pioneering digitization of Hartlib’s personal archive, based at the University of Sheffield and directed by Professor Mark Greengrass.

The Garden, the Ark, the Tower, the Temple
Oxford-based project on biblical metaphors of knowledge in early modern Europe featuring extensive information about Hartlib.

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Jan Amos Comenius

Deutsche Comenius Gessellschaft
German site dedicated to the Moravian pedagogue.

Jan Amos Comenius Museum
Long-standing institution in Uherský Brod, possible birthplace of Comenius.

Oddělení pro studium a edici díla Jana Amose Komenského
Comenius research centre at the Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague.

Orbis Sensualium Pictus
Online version of Comenius’s pictorial textbook for children.

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Research Centres and Societies

Centre for Early Modern Studies, Oxford
Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, QMUL
Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Library
Committee on the Study of the Reformation in Poland and East-Central Europe
Early Modern Research Centre, Reading
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Oxford

Modern European History Research Centre, Oxford
The Royal Society

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Museums and Libraries

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
British Library

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

Museum of Natural History, Oxford

York Art Gallery

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