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 Romantic-period poet, artist, and engraver, alongside annotation, commentary and scholarly materials related to Blake.[2]

The archive, as a digital humanities project, offers high resolution images of Blake's work, including his illuminated books, watercolor paintings, commercial engravings, tempera paintings, large-color prints, and manuscripts, providing scholars and students an opportunity to research the complexity and scope of his creative output 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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