January 28, 2022

Available Later This Week: “Trove of Emily Dickinson Manuscripts to Appear Online”

From The Boston Globe:

This week,  the university [Harvard] plans to roll out the Emily Dickinson Archive that digitally gathers, for the first time in one place, all surviving Dickinson autograph manuscripts and letters, along with contemporary transcripts of Dickinson poems that did not survive in autograph. The website says the aim is to provide a resource from which scholarship can be produced.


The project got underway nearly two years ago when Harvard approached Amherst College, another major repository of Dickinson manuscripts. After a prolonged back-and-forth, during which Harvard commenced planning the digital project, Amherst in July agreed to share its collection for inclusion. It estimates that its manuscripts comprise 40 percent of the Emily Dickinson Archive.

“We’re not allowed to have control over the look of the site and the functionality of the site,” said Mike Kelly, head of archives and special collections at Amherst College.

The site makes little mention of Amherst’s contributions. “It should say a joint project,” Kelly said.

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