Electronic Enlightenment

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Fully searchable text of over 60,000 letters and documents of British, American, French, German, and other Enlightenment figures, unpublished or previously published in dozens of critical editions for over 7,000 correspondents, including writers, scientists, booksellers, philosophers, politicians, political thinkers, in original language editions or translation. The major languages represented are English (45%) and French (45%), with other documents in Dutch, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Users can search or browse letters by text keyword, writer, recipient, date, and location and limit by language. The database contains information about all persons mentioned in the letters, searchable by name, occupation, name, and dates; the sources of manuscripts ("instances") and scholarly annotations (over 250,000) are also searchable, and there are a growing number of external links, including to databases such as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography available at Rutgers.


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User tools and features

Print-House contains news about the database and its contents

Coffee-House contains colloquia about correspondence, classroom contains lesson plans, map room contains a growing collection of maps, and reference books links to biographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and journals

Dates covered

Early 17th c - mid 19th c.

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Original manuscripts and over sixty published editions.

Type of coverage

Searchable full text without page images.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Over sixty published editions of correspondence.

Producer/content provider

Oxford University Press

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Oxford University Press

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