October 21, 2021

UK: The Royal Archives Begins to Digitise All Historic Manuscripts From the Georgian Period, More than 350,000 Pages

From the Times Higher Education:

The Royal Archives have launched a major project to make their complete collection of Georgian papers available online.

Although the archives include wardrobe accounts going back as far as 1660, most of the collections within it date from the reign of George III (1760-1820) and after.

Yet since they are held in the Round Tower at Windsor Castle, public access to them, even for scholars, has always been extremely limited..

From the Formal Announcement (via British Monarchy Web Site)

The project will include the digitisation of all the historic manuscripts from the Georgian period, totalling more than 350,000 pages, of which only about 15% have previously been published.

While the vast majority of the collection is papers from George III, papers from Kings George I, George II, George IV and William IV will also be made available.

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The project is part of a wider programme of work by the Royal Archives to open up access to its primary source material, following the success of the digitisation of Queen Victoria’s journals in 2012. The intention is to create a rich internet resource which will be open to academics and the public alike, which will present the documents and allow them to be searched and analysed in creative and flexible ways.

Read the Complete Announcement

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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