October 27, 2021

Digitized Dickinson: Amherst College Collection of Emily Dickinson Manuscripts Now Viewable Online

From The Consecrated Eminence (Blog from Archives & Special Collections, Amherst College):

…we are delighted to announce that all of the manuscripts of Emily Dickinson held by Amherst College are now freely available for viewing by anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world.

Last summer the Digital Programs department in Frost Library worked closely with the team in Academic Technology Services to set up a new digital assets management system called Amherst College Digital Collections (ACDC for short). In addition to thousands of images that support the work of Art & Art History students and faculty, ACDC is home to a growing volume of unique materials drawn from the vast holdings of the Archives & Special Collections. The obvious candidate for the first Archives collection to mount in ACDC was Emily Dickinson.

For those eager to dive right in and start exploring the Dickinson manuscripts, just follow this link and start browsing. If you have an Amherst College login and password, you will have access to everything in ACDC; if you do not, you will still be able to search, view, and download Dickinson manuscript images, but you won’t have access to the full range of art history images.


Full-text searching is not yet possible in ACDC, but you can search for poems by words in the first line. Just typing the word “circumstance” in the search box will retrieve both this item and the poem “All circumstances are the frame”.

Beyond simply searching for individual poems, you can retrieve subsets of manuscripts by searching for phrases such as “Johnson letters” or “Franklin”.

Read the Complete Blog Post (Includes Sample Images)

Direct to Emily Dickinson Collection/Database (via Amherst University)

See Also: Amherst College Launches First All Open-Access College Press (December 6, 2012)

UPDATE:  Emily Dickinson Archive, Coming Fall 2013 from Harvard U. Press

The Emily Dickinson Archive will make manuscripts of Dickinson’s poetry, along with transcriptions and annotations from scholarly editions, available in open access—inspiring new scholarship and discourse on this literary icon.

Update Hat Tip: bluesyemre

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