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September 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “SUBSCRIPTIONS for Hume, Blackstone, and Ferguson, are received by said Bell … and by the Booksellers and Printers in America.” Digitization makes primary sources more widely...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Sep 2021

The Folger G.K. Hall Catalogs, or How to fit an entire card catalog on your bookshelf

I had the good fortune of learning to do scholarly research during the transition from card catalogs to Online Public Access Catalogs or ‘OPAC’s, as they are known in libraries. I have a particular fondness for card catalogs1 because they allow for...
From: The Collation on 16 Sep 2021


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.” It has been more than a year since any “NEW ADVERTISEMENTS” from Charles Crouch’s South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Jan 2020

September 14

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 14, 1769).“RUN away … a Mulatto slave.” The digitization of historical sources has made them much more widely accessible...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 14 Sep 2019


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Essex Gazette (June 20, 1769). “CANDLES … Very cheap.” On Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, selecting which advertisement to feature on the Adverts 250 Project...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Jun 2019

Stereo Scenes of Salem, 1897-1947

Browsing through the vast collections of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) last week,  I came across a haunting image of the Corwin or “Witch House” in Salem. It was a stereo image taken by photographer Harry L. Sampson in...
From: streets of salem on 27 Oct 2018

A Revolutionary Apothecary in Salem

Most of the students in my summer Research & Writing Seminar are pursuing local history topics related to the Revolutionary War and just after: conscription, taxation, the disruption to business, the involvement of African-Americans, Tories. This...
From: streets of salem on 10 Jun 2018

creating a digitized facsimile wishlist

For the last couple of years, I’ve had a bit of an obsession with finding examples of early printed books that aren’t available as open-access digital facsimiles. Why have I been thinking about this? It started off with some frustration that...
From: Wynken de Worde on 29 Nov 2017

book history questions and digital facsimiles

Last weekend I attended a wonderful conference at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for the History of Digital and Print Culture, “BH and DH: Book History and Digital Humanities.” It was a great gathering of people who live at the...
From: Wynken de Worde on 29 Sep 2017

Digitization is the Order of the Day at the Newberry Library

There are many great resources available to historians of the French Revolution outside of France. The Newberry Library in Chicago is one of them. Fortunately for scholars of the revolution, the Newberry has just completed a massive undertaking. They...
From: Age of Revolutions on 10 Jul 2017

Aura, aliveness, and art

A second post inspired in part by Benjamin’s ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’, and the final one — I think — on my research adventures in the US last month. So I’ve finished Benjamin’s essay...
From: Digital Shakespeares on 21 Apr 2017

what do digitized first folios do for us?

Last August, Emma Smith’s The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s First Folio was published and I was and am delighted to have a piece in this one-stop-shopping introduction to F1. My contribution, to the surprise of no one, is on digitized...
From: Wynken de Worde on 16 Feb 2017

November 29

GUEST CURATOR: Nicholas Sears What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (November 29, 1766).“A large Assortment of English Goods and Braziery Ware.” Joseph and William Russell sold a lot of...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 29 Nov 2016

searching for a Blazing World

I’ve just come back from the annual conference for the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (more commonly known as RBMS, thank goodness, because that’s a mouthful). I was honored to be asked...
From: Wynken de Worde on 27 Jun 2016

how do you use digital special collections?

detail of armorial stamp (Folger 269- 362f)I’ve been thinking about the digital landscape of special collections recently (hi, RBMS16!) and while I have lots of thoughts on how I come across and use the digital incarnations of rare books and manuscript...
From: Wynken de Worde on 17 Jun 2016

In Which the Materiality of Texts Shapes Research Methodologies

This week’s extended commentary post is scheduled to publish as a virtual text just as my panel, “Beyond the Book,” commences at the Early American Material Texts conference in Philadelphia. I will be speaking about “Eighteenth-Century...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 27 May 2016

On card catalogues

The yesterday’s post at Folger Library’s Collation brought back some memories of all the card catalogues I have studied back and forth over the past years, starting from the catalogue rooms of the Jagiellonian Library and the Czartoryski Library...
From: Chronologia Universalis on 20 Apr 2016

Virtual Museums and Time

Few years ago I had the occasion to observe the heroic beginnings of the Virtual Museums of Lesser Poland (Wirtualne Muzea Małopolski, hereafter WMM) project which is aimed at the three-dimensional photographic documentation of selected historical...
From: Chronologia Universalis on 23 Mar 2016

new! digital facsimiles, Shakespeare apps & performance, close reading Othello & theater

Greetings! If you are, like me, waiting for the big blizzard to come and bury us all, might you like something else to read? Or if you are far away from the panic and are sick of everyone talking about it, might you like something else to read? I have...
From: Wynken de Worde on 22 Jan 2016

digitization and scale: a kuni-ezu map

Look at this amazing map: 1837 Ōmi Kuni-ezu (Branner Earth Science Library & Map Collections, Stanford University) I’m not a Japanese scholar, so I’m not going to have a good explanation of this, but my understanding is that it’s...
From: Wynken de Worde on 17 Nov 2015

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By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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Caveats and Work in Progress

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If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.