We are thrilled to announce that another major international partnership of the Center for Digital Humanities has received funding for digitization work. 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 members of the Library’s staff to digitize the correspondence and annotated books of Prime Minister William Gladstone, 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 himself 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.
The Gladstone Archive forms the third digital archive of the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium (http://tundra.csd.sc.edu/vllc/). The Consortium was founded in 2013 by scholars at USC, Western Carolina University, Saint Joseph’s University, the University of Sheffield (UK), and the University of Leeds (UK). Since then, membership has grown to include many libraries as well as other schools including New York University and the University of Edinburgh (UK). The Consortium co-founder at USC was Colin Wilder (firstname.lastname@example.org), assistant professor of History and co-director of the Center for Digital Humanities. Gladstone’s Library is represented in the Consortium by Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research at the Library; Yates sits on the Consortium’s Librarian and Archivist Advisory Board.