US & UK literature archives online: Ransom Center’s Project REVEAL

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Oscar Wilde, Irish Poet and Playright

A fantastic new archive was launched just last week. Harry Ransom Center’s Project REVEAL (UT Austin) is an open-access manuscript and archival collection of 25 authors from America and the UK. Among the authors represented in Project REVEAL are Joseph Conrad, Hart Crane, Thomas Hardy, Vachel Lindsay, Jack LondonKatherine Mansfield, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sara Teasdale. Browse personal letters, notes and drafts from your favorite authors online.

From Hyperallergic :

Around 22,000 images from collections on 25 authors are now available through the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Called Project REVEAL (Read and View English and American Literature), the year-long initiative launched last week in conjunction with the center’s new open access policy for public domain materials. From Jack London’s letters to Thomas Hardy’s obscure architectural drawings, with manuscripts and correspondence by figures like Joseph Conrad, Katherine Mansfield, L. Frank Baum, Oscar Wilde, Henry David Thoreau, and Robert Louis Stevenson, Project REVEAL is an impressive rabbit hole of rarely seen archives.

“Part of the Ransom Center’s mission is to encourage discovery and inspire creativity by sharing its incredible collections,” Liz Gushee, head of Digital Collections Services who oversaw the project, told Hyperallergic. “The adoption of an open access policy, which removes permission and fees, is a concrete way we can facilitate that creativity and use of our collection materials, by anyone, for any purpose.”

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