18thConnect.org is thrilled to announce that the Thomas Gray Archive is now fully searchable and accessible through 18thConnect.org. This remarkable project offers a peer-reviewed digital archive and a constantly improving research project devoted to the eighteenth-century poet, letter-writer, and scholar.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771) was an author of lyric and dramatic poems, humor, satire, works of translation, letters, and more. A polymath, traveler and antiquarian, his interests included literature, philosophy, history, sciences, architecture, art, geography and travel.
The Thomas Gray Archive contains high-quality, full-text versions of Gray’s poetry, selected prose works, and 18th-century editions of his works and letters. In addition to texts by the author, the Archive also provides a useful set of tools and resources for the Gray scholar, including a concordance, finding aid, digital library, glossary, and much more.
While the Archive presently contains a sizeable collection, it also has plans for growing through its dedication to collaboration between individuals and institutions. Users of the Archive can not only browse and search texts, they can also contribute their own notes and queries. In addition, the Archive uses standards and formats that ensure accessibility and preservation, such as METS, MODS, TEI, and EAD.
The archive was founded in 2000 with the mission of facilitating collaboration and supporting the study, research, and teaching of Gray’s life and works. The archive was co-founded by Reimer Eck and Alexander Huber. Huber is also the archive’s editor.