William Blake Archive

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William Blake Archive
Web address www.blakearchive.org
Type of site Digital Archive
Editor Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, and Joseph Viscomi
Launched 1996; 18 years ago (1996)

The William Blake Archive is a digital humanities project first created in 1996. The project is sponsored by the Library of Congress and supported by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[1] Inspired by the Rossetti Archive, the archive provides digital reproductions of the various works of William Blake, a prominent early 19th century illustrator and poet, alongside annotation, commentary and scholarly materials related to Blake.[2]

When publishing his poetry, William Blake would create print block illustrations for his book, print his books in black and white and then hand paint the illustrations within the prints. Furthermore, many of his works underwent multiple editions of printing, each with unique variations in the prints used to illustrate the poems and the poems themselves. Because of this complex process and the quality of his art, his art and poetry has been highly sought by collectors and scholars. The archive, as a digital humanities project, provides high quality digital copies of the facsimiles, providing scholars and students an opportunity to see the complexity of his published works often not available by viewing the scholarly print editions.[3][4]


  1. ^ "The William Blake Archive Site Info". The William Blake Archive. June 14, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Eaves, Morris (December 1997). "Behind the Scenes at the William Blake Archive: Collaboration Takes More Than E-mail". Journal of Electronic Publishing 3 (2). doi:10.3998/3336451.0003.202. 
  3. ^ McQuail, Josephine A. "Using the William Blake Archive in Teaching Poetry". "World Wide Poetry on the Web" a MLA Poetry Division Panel. The Electronic Poetry Center at The University of Buffalo. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ Viscomi, Joseph (February 2002). "Digital Facsimiles: Reading the William Blake Archive". Computers and the Humanities 36 (1): 27–48. doi:10.1023/A:1013163229994. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Whitson, Roger and Jason Whittaker. William Blake and Digital Humanities:Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media. New York: Routledge, 2013. ISBN 978-0415-65618-4.

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