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March 31, 2014

Publication Announcement – Letters (1800-1805)

Filed under: Publications — Tags: , , — Andrea H. Everett @ 8:00 pm

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of electronic editions of our second installment of Blake’s letters, the correspondence of 1800-1805, which includes his three years with patron William Hayley in the coastal village of Felpham, West Sussex, and the frightening months leading up to his trial for sedition.

The letters in this group supplement the Archive’s publication in November 2013 of Blake’s illustrations to works by Hayley, including his Essay on Sculpture, the broadside ballad Little Tom the Sailor, (more…)

March 26, 2014

Choice Tags and Attributes in “Blake’s Chaucer”

Filed under: XML — Tags: , , , , , — Eric Loy @ 11:00 am

A few months ago, Hardeep wrote a blog post about the importance of the XML element <choice> in our manuscript encoding tag set. The main benefit is for the Blake Archive’s search function to allow users to search for regularized spellings of words that might be abbreviated or non-standardized in Blake’s manuscripts. For example, a user searching for “Tiger” would never be directed to “Tyger” without a choice tag attached to Blake’s non-standard spelling.

Last month, I began the transcription and encoding of a typographic work titled Blake’s Chaucer: The Canterbury Pilgrims. The work is a one-page printed advertisement for a [proposed] Blake engraving of Chaucerian characters, “in a correct and finished Line manner of Engraving, similar to those original Copper Plates of ALBERT DURER, LUCAS, HISBEN, ALDEGRAVE.” Of course, the Blake advertisement here is appealing to the fame of some historically relevant engravers, but the manuscript itself only refers to them in abbreviated/non-standard/anglicized forms.


March 19, 2014

Finding Funding: Grant Writing for Undergrads

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , — Eric Loy @ 11:00 am

By Margaret Speer

Recently, Megan and I (the undergraduate Project Assistants to the Blake Archive at the University of Rochester) applied for Discover Grant funding to support our continued work this coming summer. Without funding, we really won’t be able to participate as much as we do during the fall and spring semesters—possibly not at all. (more…)

March 12, 2014

Blake Archive is now on Twitter!

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — Eric Loy @ 10:00 am

We’re excited to announce that the William Blake Archive has [finally] arrived on Twitter. You can find and tweet us using @BlakeArchive. (more…)

March 5, 2014

To the Letters

Filed under: BAND, XML — Tags: , , , — Shannon Jaime @ 11:00 am

Since re-grouping in January, the members of BAND have been working earnestly on a variety of new and ongoing projects, including Blake’s Descriptive Catalogue, Receipts, The French Revolution, Chaucer, Prospectus, The Four Zoas, Genesis, Tiriel, and additional groups of Blake’s letters. In an effort to do more shameless plugging for our imminent letters publication, I’d like to share why I decided to continue with the letters project. (more…)

February 26, 2014

Making Lists, Checking Twice

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — hardeepssidhu @ 11:00 am

Soon, the Blake Archive will publish its second batch of Blake’s correspondence, making the bulk of Blake’s ninety or so letters available online. One of the side projects that I’ve been working on has been a Master List of all of Blake’s correspondence. I’m compiling the most recent provenance information about Blake’s letters into a big spreadsheet, which will give us a sense of the future work to be done on Blake’s letters, especially regarding: (more…)

February 19, 2014

The Undergraduate Experience Part II

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , , — Laura Whitebell @ 11:00 am

By Megan Wilson

Like Margaret, I am an undergraduate at the William Blake Archive with the University of Rochester (BAND). I must commend Margaret on her spot on description of what it is like to work at the Blake Archive. (more…)

February 12, 2014

Fontastic Mr Blake: tagging A Descriptive Catalogue

Filed under: BAND, XML — Tags: , , , , , , — Laura Whitebell @ 12:07 pm

Thanks to the addition of two BAND assistants (hi Megan and Margaret!) to the A Descriptive Catalogue project, we now have a complete (and typo-free!) transcription of the text. The three of us are currently working on marking up the BAD and adding textnotes to the transcription in order to describe the details of the work as completely as possible. (more…)

February 1, 2014

Publication Announcement – Songs of Innocence, copy L

Filed under: Publications — Tags: , , — Andrea H. Everett @ 11:01 am

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of an electronic edition of Songs of Innocence copy L in the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. Innocence is dated 1789 by Blake on the title page, and copy L, never before reproduced, was one of fourteen copies printed that year in the same press run. (more…)

January 29, 2014

Setting Goals in a Group

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , — Eric Loy @ 11:00 am

The start of a new semester is usually a good time for research groups to take a quick intellectual inventory of the previous months’ accomplishments and to plan ahead for future work. At our first BAND meeting of the spring semester last week, we spent a chunk of time talking about finishing up a new, big batch of letters for publication, as well as looking ahead to see what projects people might move to after the letters are done.

Obviously, from an organizational level, looking ahead is smart in order to prevent any lulls in productivity. But what about personal goals? Student research assistants contribute to ongoing projects, but how can projects contribute to students? (more…)

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