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Special Collections, University of Otago Upcoming Activities

Two activities coming out of Special Collections, University of Otago.

Online link to the very successful Martin Luther and the Reformation exhibition, held earlier this year. What was exciting was the fact that most of the materials for the exhibition came from holdings within Special Collections, especially the Shoults Collection. As we like fostering collegiality, thanks to the Hewitson Theological Library, Knox College, and Prof. Peter Matheson (Theology and Religion) for supplementing the display with their own books.

The link:
500 years on. Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation …
500 years on. Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Online exhibition, University of Otago Library, Dunedin, New Zealand

The second is a link via OUR Archive to an inventory of Middle Eastern and Islamic books and manuscripts held at Special Collections. Again, most are from the Shoults Collection, and again there is collegiality. The inventory highlights a manuscript held at the Heritage Collection, Dunedin Public Library. Dr Daneshgar is now at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and he has almost completed a census of Middle Eastern and Islamic manuscripts throughout New Zealand. It will be a useful resource.

The link:

Cite this item: Daneshgar, M., & Kerr, D. (2017). Middle Eastern and Islamic Materials in Special Collections, University of Otago (Working Paper). Retrieved from
Permanent link to OUR Archive version:

2017 University of Otago Printer in Residence programme

A reminder that the 2017 University of Otago Printer in Residence programme at the Otakou Press Room, the University Library, is well under way. Like many of our past PIR programmes, the project is a collaborative one, featuring writer, editor, poet David Eggleton; the Dunedin-based artist Nigel Brown; and printer Dr John Holmes (of Frayed Frisket Press). Please drop by (if you can) and see the presses in action. There are 16 Eggleton poems, and about 10 images by Brown, forming the title: SNAP. It is printed on Zerkall paper in a limited edition of 100 copies only. The cost of a copy is $120.00 (incl gst). If you are interested in securing a copy, please let me know. I am sure interest will be high (

Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO)

The IMLS-funded Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project at the Folger is thrilled to announce the beta launch of our free, searchable repository of manuscript images, metadata, and transcriptions.

Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) is a project of the Folger Shakespeare Library, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to provide scholars and the general public with convenient web access to transcriptions, images, and metadata for manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

EMMO provides high-quality images and consistent transcriptions for a variety of manuscripts, such as letters, diaries, wills, coats of arms, literary pieces, recipe books, miscellanies, and more. Making the rich content of these manuscripts available online enhances research capabilities in many disciplines by adding important sources for scholars to examine and also promotes the learning of paleography (the study of pre-modern handwriting methods).

For more information, and to access EMMO, please visit:

Medieval Manuscripts in Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries – Now Available Online

Digital images of medieval manuscripts held in Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries are now available online.

Full images of 11 of the medieval manuscripts held in Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries are now available online through the manuscripts catalogue Manuscripts Online: and search using the term “Med. Ms*”

The search results in a list of all the medieval manuscripts including the ones with images. Images can be viewed page by page or as a PDF.

There are extra images of details of some manuscripts – these are available as part of the PDFs.

A further 11 medieval manuscripts have been digitised — these images will be gradually added to the catalogue over the coming months. Of the remaining manuscripts here, more will be digitised over the next few years, but a few are too tightly bound and cannot be digitised with current technology.

For further information, please contact

Selected Ashgate History Research Titles – Free-to-View Online in November 2016

We are delighted to welcome Ashgate to the Taylor and Francis Group.

With nearly 50 years of distinguished publishing in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities, Ashgate compliments Routledge’s commitment to support academic research and scholarly publishing. Ashgate is a leading research publisher in Art History, Music, History, Social Work, Politics, Literary Studies, and many other disciplines and we are delighted to now offer these titles through the Taylor and Francis Group.

To highlight the breadth and depth of the newly acquired titles we are pleased to launch this special free to view promotion across Humanities and Social Sciences, allowing you to view selected monographs online in their entirety for one month.

For more information, please visit:

Shakespeare TwentyScore Now Online

Shakespeare TwentyScore is here to both make it easy to find out about any events in Australasia taking place to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and to offer support to anyone wishing to set up an event of their own.

Although the anniversary itself is on 23rd April, this site will continue to be updated throughout 2016.

Downloadable resources for schools, clubs and libraries will be added bit by bit. This will include material suitable for in-class work as well as ideas and frameworks for events for both children and adults. So please check back often to see what’s new, and go ahead and ask us for anything that would be useful to you.

If you have an event you would like to see listed, please send it to

25,000 Early English texts From 1473-1700 Released Online

More than 25,000 early English texts from 1473-1700 have been released online to members of the public as part of a collaborative initiative led by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the University of Michigan Library.

This corpus of electronic texts has been created and released by the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP), an international collaboration among universities, funders and ProQuest, an information company central to global research. Previously, the texts were only available to users at academic libraries involved in the partnership but the data was released into the public domain on 1 January.

For more information about this, please see:

To access the collection, please visit:

Shakespeare Documented – Now Online

Shakespeare Documented is the largest and most authoritative collection of primary-source materials documenting the life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), bringing together all known manuscript and print references to Shakespeare, his works, and additional references to his family, in his lifetime and shortly thereafter. Nearly 500 references, found in roughly 400 print and manuscript documents, provide a rich portrait of Shakespeare as a professional playwright, actor, poet, business man, and family man who lived in both London and Stratford-upon-Avon. These documents trace Shakespeare’s path to becoming a household name, from the earliest reference to his father in Stratford-upon-Avon, a bustling market town in Warwickshire, in 1552, to the publication of his collected plays, now known as the “First Folio,” in 1623, to the earliest gossipy references to Shakespeare in the following decades.

On this site you will find images, descriptions, and transcriptions of:

  • 103 manuscripts that refer to William Shakespeare by name in his lifetime (spelled in many different ways, which was typical of the period), including four manuscripts signed by him, and one letter addressed to him
  • 89 printed books and manuscripts from Shakespeare’s lifetime that mention or quote his plays or poems, or that refer to him directly or indirectly as a writer
  • 34 Stationers’ Register entries for Shakespeare’s plays and poems, up to and including the First Folio (1623), five of which name him as author
  • 84 printed editions of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, up to and including the First Folio (1623), 62 of which include his name on the title-page or dedicatory leaf
  • More than 100 documents that refer to other members of Shakespeare’s family, including references to Shakespeare’s coat of arms

The Shakespeare Documented website can be found at:

Adam Matthew Medieval and Early Modern Collections – Free Four-Week Trial

Adam Matthew publishes unique primary source collections from archives around the world The collections span the social sciences and humanities and cover a multitude of topics ranging from Medieval family life and Victorian medicine to 1960s pop culture and global politics.

Free, four-week trials are available on all Adam Matthew collections simply by completing the trial request form. A member of the Adam Matthew team will contact you with confirmation of your trial details on submission of the form.

  1. Select the collection you would like to trial from the select collections list.
  2. Complete your details in the form below, ensuring you have provided your email address.
  3. Click send.

These trials are open to teachers, faculty and librarians of universities, colleges, and academic institutions (private and public).