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Some Selected E-Text Archives

Most E-Text Archives listed on this page are public domain archives; all are publicly accessible.

Title General e-text archives
In the links listed below this icon represents CHOICE Outstanding site  while a star blue star indicates a CHOICE Highly Recommended site
Books On-line A searchable and browseable database-directory of online electronic texts covering a broad range of interests, from established literary classics to computer how-to manuals. Now lists 58,471 books "mostly free" those which require a fee often have sample chapters with links to Amazon.com.
British Museum Collection Database blue star 
CARRIE: Full-Text On-line Library Originally from the University of Kansas, now supported by the European University Institute; an extensive link resource listing texts archived at various locations across the Internet. Also provides a very competent search engine aimed at providing access to E-texts.
Digital Librarian: Electronic Texts & Primary Sources The Digital Librarian web site provides a selection of librarian's choices of the best of the Web. Perhaps, the best index to book and text resources on the Internet
The Online Books Page  CHOICE Outstanding Web Site  More than 35,000 English language works in various formats. Compare to The Internet Public Library which indexes fewer full books, but more short texts and non-English books.
The Oxford Text Archive Works closely with Arts & Humanities scholars to collect, catalogue, and preserve high-quality electronic texts for research and teaching. The OTA currently distributes more than 2500 resources in over 25 different languages.
Project Gutenberg Texts are taken from books published pre-1923. Orientation is towards classic books backwards from 1923.
Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History blue star Part of Harvard's Open Collections Program; Reading is a thematically based open-access collection of texts and other digitized materials produced under the auspices of the Harvard University Library and selected from its collections--altogether this collection comprises some 800 published books and 400 manuscript selections.
Sunsite Digital Collections Extensive digital collections and services. Also provides information and support to digital library developers worldwide. Sponsored by UC Berkeley Digital Library and Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Title Text Repositories--Primarily Literature & Belles Letters
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century blue star From the New York Public Library, a digital collection of some 50 19th-century published works.
American Literary Classics A website with links to American literary classics; includes subdivisions on Children's Literature, Short Stories and so on.
American Verse Project An electronic archive of volumes of American poetry. Most of the archive is made up of 19th century poetry, although a few 18th century and early 20th century texts are included. From the Humanities Text Initiative at the University of Michigan.
Bartleby An Internet publisher of literature and verse providing students, researchers and others with unlimited free access to books and information on the Web.
Bibliomania Classic Texts About 2,000 searchable full-text works of classic fiction, popular fiction, short stories, drama, poetry, dictionaries, and so on.
British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832 CHOICE Outstanding site  supported by UC-Davis; the browse function on the home page leads to an alphabetical listing of authors, where users may choose to view texts via XML, HTML, or SGML formats.
The Carlyle Letters Online  Choice Outstanding Academic


	web site More than 10,000 letters between Jane and Thomas Carlyle; produced from the collections at Duke University and Edinburgh University.
Celebration of Women Writers blue star  Collection of links to electronic texts--novels, poems, letters, biographies, travel books, religious commentaries, histories, economic and scientific works. Also provides links to biographical and bibliographical information. Users can browse by author, century or country.
The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson  CHOICE Outstanding 


	Web Site A digital edition of the Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Centenary Edition, edited and with notes by Edward Waldo Emerson.
Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse Designed to offer easy access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English electronic resources.
Cowboy and Western Poetry at the Bar-D Ranch A hub for Cowboy poetry; includes some old and classical cowboy poetry and much more--newsletters, events, articles, book reviews, and so on.
Dante Dartmouth Project blue star searchable, full-text resource; contains 700 years of commentary about Dante's Divine Comedy. Very easy to navigate; it offers a guide to the database and clear instructions on search options and special features.
Dickens Project CHOICE Outstanding site University of California
The English Server Drama Collection Collection of both long and short English drama plays and criticism.
The English Server Fiction Collection Collection of online fiction which includes short stories and novels.
E-Text Collections in Western European Literature Supported by the West European Specialist Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries.
Fantasy & Science Fiction Website Supported by the University of Michigan; mostly older works in the public domain. SF is defined broadly to include speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, myth, fairy tales, and horror.
Great Books Online Complete electronic texts of thousands of classic books that are out of copyright as well as such current reference sources as the Columbia Encyclopedia, sixth edition; The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, third edition; Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, third edition; Simpson's Contemporary Quotations; and The American Heritage Book of English Usage.
International Children's Digital Library Choice Outstanding Web Site started at the University of Maryland in 2002; one of the goals was to build an international collection that would appeal to children ages 3-13 and at the same time provide quality literature. Before being accepted for the collection, each book is carefully scrutinized. The collection now contains more than 10,000 digitized children's books in 54 languages— including many award-winning books—and boasts users in more than 166 countries.
The Internet Classics Archive Supported by MIT, this site includes over 400 translated texts of 59 different Greek and Latin authors in HTML format. The archive includes a search utility.
The Jack London Online Collection More than 40 London novels and short story volumes
Literature.org The Online Literature Library; more classics of literature. Can be very slow loading, but the fonts used in this online library facilitate online reading.
Luminarium: English Literature blue star  English Literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and 17th century.
Online Medieval and Classical Library A collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical (Greek and Roman) and Medieval civilization. Housed at Berkeley.
Open Source Shakespeare:  An Experiment in Literary Technology An impressive site which aims to be "the best free web site containing Shakespeare's complete works". As with other Shakespeare sites the texts offered here derive from the freely available Complete Moby Shakespeare, which is based on the 1866 Globe Edition of the complete works. Unlike the other Moby-based editions, the present site provides line numbers for all 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and 5 longer poems included.
Other Women's Voices: Translations of Women's Writing Before 1700 Translations of over 125 women writers who produced work before 1700. Each entry contains background on the author. Last update 10/30/2011. Access via WayBack Machine.
The Perseus Digital Library 4.0 A primary focus on Classical literature and civilization (Greek & Roman). This is one of the first and continues to be one of the best subject-oriented digital archives.
The Poetess Archive:  Writing by Women and Men, British and American, 1750-1900 offers access to a growing library of primary and secondary resources by and about popular 19th-century "sentimental" poets, spanning Great Britain, 1773-1839; America, 1773-1865; and the transatlantic area, 1770-1900. The site includes, in addition to poetry that was conventionally ignored by the literary canon, works of commentary and criticism of the poetess genre that are contemporary to the original publication of the poetry, and citations to 20th- and 21st-century criticism.
Poetry Archive CHOICE Outstanding site  Recordings of poets reading their own works
Renascence Editions Renascence Editions is an effort to make available online works printed in English between the years 1477 (when Caxton began printing) and 1799. Part of Luminarium.org, these texts have been produced with care and attention, but are not represented by the publisher as scholarly editions in the peer-reviewed sense. They are made available to the public for nonprofit purposes only. The publisher and general editor is Richard Bear at the University of Oregon
Rossetti Archive  blue star See also— blue star  Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource
Schoenburg Center for Electronic Text & Image (SCETI) Over 12,000 images from various collections of rare books, manuscripts, papyri, photographs and sheet music are available for your viewing.
Short Stories at east of the web A growing collection of classic and newly written short stories; organized by theme--fiction, romance, crime, sci-fi & fantasy, humor, horror, and so on
Sonnet Central An archive of English sonnets, commentary, pictures, and related materials grouped by period, and by an alphabetical list.
TEAMS Middle English Texts: CHOICE Outstanding site sub-titled: The Camelot Project, Arthurian Texts, Images, Bibliographies and Basic Information; University of Rochester
Victorian Women Writers Project Exceptionally well-edited and carefully encoded texts of all kinds by British women writers of the 19th century. Supported by the University of Indiana.
The Walt Whitman Archive CHOICE Outstanding site 
Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress CHOICE Outstanding site Selection of 10 plays written between 1925 and 1944
Title Text Repositories--specialized subjects
Aesopica: CHOICE Outstanding site Aesop's Fables in English, Latin & Greek
The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts A collection of public domain documents from Western philosophy as well as from American and English literature.
AL Islam Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project
American Civil War Special collection of digitized texts about the American Civil War from the Electronic Text Center (University of Virginia).
American Memory Collections The Library of Congress' effort to digitize and deliver electronically, its distinctive, historical Americana holdings, including photographs, manuscripts, rare books, maps, recorded sound, and moving pictures. Currently there are over 70 collections in the American Memory Historical Collections.
arXiv.org: e-Print archive CHOICE Outstanding site Cornell; Open access to 548,406 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, and Statistics
Avalon Project Yale Law School; documents in Law, History and Diplomacy from Hammurabi to the 20th century.
Baldwin Library of Children's Literature Digital Collection blue star University of Florida Smathers Library
Banned Books Online Special exhibit of books from the Online Books Page (University of Pennsylvania Digital Library) that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts.
Bestsellers 1900-1930 This list includes electronic versions of bestsellers from 1900-1930. The texts are either part of the Electronic Text Center's Modern English collection, or items found at various other sites on the internet. This .com bookstore site lists bestsellers by decade from 1900-1999.
Bodleian Library (Oxford) Approximately a thousand manuscript images from the 11th through 17th Centuries.
British Newspapers 1800-1900 blue star  Originally part of the British Museum's Collect Britain: Penny Illustrated Papers exhibit; the exhibit was rewritten as part of this new site. More difficult to navigate than the original, the site still contains unparalleled access to 19th century British newspapers.
Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts blue star UCLA
Chinese Philosophical E-text Archive The Archive is based at Wesleyan University
Christian Classics Ethereal Library blue star Classic Christian texts in electronic format. All text in the public domain. From Calvin College.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers blue star Library of Congress
Civil War Women: Primary Sources Links to manuscript collections at Duke University which have been scanned and transcribed. Also links to other Civil War women's archival documents.
Classics in the History of Psychology blue star site provides access to about 450 original documents and includes a topic bibliography to group related documents
Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics, 1493-1922 blue star Part of Harvard's Open Collections Program; Contagion is a thematically based open-access collection of texts and other digitized materials produced under the auspices of the Harvard University Library and selected from its collections--altogether this collection comprises some 500,000 pages from books, serials, pamphlets, engravings and other visual materials, broadsides and other illustrations.
Cornell University Digital Library : Windows on the Past Selected collections include:
Documenting the American South blue starA project of the University of North Carolina Libraries, includes collections such as the The Library of Southern Literature, and North American Slave Narratives.
Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History Choice Outstanding Web site provides access to PDF images of original typewritten transcripts of hundreds of invaluable first-person accounts of Native peoples representing all tribes in Oklahoma.
Early Americas Digital Archive, 1492-c. 1802 CHOICE Outstanding site  Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
Early Canadiana Online A full-text online collection of more than 3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. Particularly strong in literature, women's history, native studies, travel and exploration.
Eserver.org   Accessible Writing An e-text collection housed at the University of Iowa. It's focus has expanded beyond literature to cultural criticism the site now includes more than 35,000 items; contains many unique titles and collections.
EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations; arranged by country; University of Utah
Expeditions & Discoveries: Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age blue star Part of Harvard's Open Collections Program; Expeditions & Discoveries, c. 1626-1953 is a thematically based open-access collection of texts and other digitized materials produced under the auspices of the Harvard University Library and selected from its collections.
Folklore and Mythology Texts Electronic texts prepared by D.L. Ashliman, retired professor of the University of Pittsburgh.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Over 10,000 digitized documents.
From Revolution to Reconstruction The main body of this hypertext comes from a number of USIA-publications An Outline of American History, An Outline of the American Economy, An Outline of American Government, and An Outline of American Literature. The text of these Outlines has not been changed, but they have been enriched with hypertext-links to relevant documents, original essays, other Internet sites, and to other Outlines.
Gutenberg Digital Bible Presents the 1282 digitized pages of the Goettingen Gutenberg Bible, printed in c. 1454. Site includes links to early printing history, illumination, and so on.
HEARTH: Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, History CHOICE Outstanding site Cornell; core collection of digitized books published between 1850 and 1925
History of Economic Thought Archive blue starFrom McMaster University, an attempt to gather all material for the study of the history of economics on one site.
Historical Text Archive More than 700 articles, books, documents, photographs. Organized by country and selected major topics.
Images from Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Images of manuscripts held by the Pierpoint Morgan Library . Images are provided in low, medium and high resolution.
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 blue star Part of Harvard's Open Collections Program; Immigration is a thematically based open-access collection of texts and other digitized materials produced under the auspices of the Harvard University Library and selected from its collections--altogether this collection comprises some 400,000 pages from more than 2,200 books and 9,600 pages from archives and manuscript selections.
Internet Library of Early Journals (ILEJ) ILEJ is a joint project by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford. It aims to digitize substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals, and make these images available on the Internet, together with their associated bibliographic data.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy About 20 standard philosophical texts available in HTML and RTF formats; however links to these texts are buried in the encyclopedia entries. Generally, it is easier to use the IEP as a straightforward encyclopedia, rather than a text finder.
Islamic Heritage Project blue star Part of Harvard's Open Collections Program; Islamic Heritage Project is a thematically based open-access collection of texts and other digitized materials produced under the auspices of the Harvard University Library and selected from its collections. HUL has cataloged, conserved, and digitized hundreds of Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published materials. Over 156,000 pages have been digitized from more than 280 manuscripts, 275 printed texts and 50 maps, ranging in date from the 10th Century to the 20th Century.
Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection blue star Harvard
LIBRO: Library of Iberian Resources Online A joint project of the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain and the University of Central Arkansas. The book list is principally drawn from recent, but out-of-print university press monographs. These are presented in full-text format and reproduce all the matter included in the original print version. Present focus is on ca. 500 to 1500.
The Lied and Song Texts Page More than 2,000 composers, 90 languages, includes an index of first lines.
Marxists Text Archive The archive is divided into three major sections: Marxist writers, Marxist history, and reference materials. Includes materials of socialist thinkers as well as strict Marxists.
Multi-Repository Mathematics Collections CHOICE Outstanding site U Michigan, digital repository of math books from the 19th or early 20th centuries
National Academy Press More than 1,500 reports from the National Academies are available free online. Select Browse Topics for subject access.
NSDL: The National Science Digital Library CHOICE Outstanding site supports all levels of education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Native American Texts Native American texts from the Electronic Text Center.
Philological Museum; Univ. of Birmingham, UK Comprised of two parts; An analytical bibliography and a Library of Humanistic Texts which includes links to Latin texts composed during and after the Renaissance. The bibliography has approximately 1,500 items listed.
Smithsonian Institution Libraries Digital Collections Project to issue digital editions of science, technology and natural history rare books. Currently most of the collection is focused on anthropology, ethnology and natural history.
Text by or to Thomas Jefferson Part of the Electronic Text Archive, a special collection of more than 1,700 items including manuscript images.
Women Working, 1800-1930 blue star Part of Harvard's Open Collections Program; Women Working is a thematically based open-access collection of texts and other digitized materials produced under the auspices of the Harvard University Library and selected from its collections--altogether this collection comprises some 650,000 pages from more than 3,100 books and 900 archives and manuscript selections.
World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts Originally, published as a hardback book, this archives makes the text and all supporting documentation available without charge. The collection contains over 4,000 passages from 268 sacred texts and 55 oral traditions, and is organized in terms of 164 different themes. The text is only available in a very barebones ascii format.
World Wide School Library More than 2,000 copyright free online texts of possible use to educators at about the sixth grade and up, organized by subject, author, title, accompanied with helpful notes. Be sure to read the "About" commentary as it explains the collection policy parameters.
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