Consortium News

Gladstone’s Library receives large Carnegie grant to digitize correspondence and annotations

Louisa Yates, member of the Consortium’s Librarian and Archivist Advisory Board, 26 March 2018

We are thrilled to announce that William Gladstone’s Library (Hawarden, Wales) has been awarded a grant of $400,000 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The grant will support two members of the Library’s staff to digitise Gladstone’s correspondence and annotated books, over the course of a three-year period. These documents provide insight into the thinking of one of England’s most renowned statesmen, a man Andrew Carnegie once called ‘the world’s greatest citizen’. Hitherto, a small team and limited resources have meant that the only access to these materials was people able to visit the Library in person. This project significantly advances the Library’s efforts to make these documents available to a global audience, and to place them in dialogue with similar digital resources.

Queer Encoding

By Marion Thain, 27 April 2017

  • On Friday 28th April, Marion Thain led a symposium at NYU in collaboration with Temple University, Fordham University, and Columbia University, to explore how to use XML mark-up languages to better represent and recognize diverse identities within a manuscript source. Drawing on her work on creative encoding within the Michael Field diaries, and inviting others to join and expand that project, the event brought together eminent scholars in the field of TEI, faculty and staff from institutions in NYC, and graduate students working on major text encoding projects. Further details for the event can be found at

News from the VLLC Board of Directors: Field, Ruskin, the Carlyles and More

By Rachel Mann, 21 March 2017


    • Marion Thain, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at NYU, recently published an article on her work with the diary of Michael Field: ‘Digitizing the Diary: Experiments in Queer Encoding’, Journal of Victorian Culture 2016 (a ‘Perspective’ piece: ‘The Perspective invites leading scholars to appraise the critical practices and traditions of Victorian studies’)Relatedly, a team of transcribers from around the world is currently working on the diary of Michael Field; get in touch with Prof. Marion Thain ( if you would like to join the team and lead one of the remaining volumes. For details of the process and the current list of volume leads see:
    • Francis O’Gorman, former chair in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds, has moved to the University of Edinburgh where he is Saintsbury Professor of English Literature. In addition to his new position, O’Gorman has replaced Cynthia Gamble as Chairman of The Ruskin Society. Prior to naming him chair, the society awarded O’Gorman with the 2016 Book Prize for The Cambridge Companion to John Ruskin. Edited by O’Gorman, the volume includes scholarship by multiple contributors, including fellow VLLC Director, David Sorensen.
    • The Carlyle Letters Online, edited by VLLC Director, Brent Kinser, is pleased to announce the release of Volume 43. The volume runs from October 1865 to June 1866 and includes, along with letters from the Carlyle’s, accounts of Jane Welsh Carlyle’s death.The Carlyle Letters Online has been hosted by the Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) at the University of South Carolina since August 2016 and was brought to the CDH under the leadership of Colin Wilder. Previously the sole director of the CDH, Wilder now shares the position as he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Digital History in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina. In addition, Wilder serves on the board of directors for the VLLC.

      Carlyle Studies Annual Rebranded

      • Published September 2016, Volume 31 of the Carlyle Studies Annual marks a new phase for the journal. Rebranded the Carlyle Studies Annual: A Journal of the VLLC, the publication now covers a broader range of topics and serves as a vehicle for disseminating knowledge about VLLC resources and activities.The most recent volume also features digital humanities scholarship and is eager to continue doing so. “Jane Welsh Carlyle’s Social Network and the Lexical Construction of ‘Home,’”written by University of South Carolina PhD students, Travis Mullen and Rachel Mann, utilizes social network analysis, topic modeling, and Key Words in Context concordances across Volumes 1 through 42. By combining computational analysis with close reading, Mullen and Mann show how Jane Welsh Carlyle “used the letter as a way to enter the public sphere and conceived of home as a kind of figurative hub created by and embodied in the act of writing a sending a letter.”