Stainforth Projects by Danna D’Esopo and Leah Senatro at the 2019 DH Student Showcase

On Thursday June 6th, two of my students presented work in our end-of-year DH student showcase. The showcase took place in Archives and Special Collections, and it was organized by Amy Lueck (English), Michelle Burnham (English), and Nadia Nasr (SCU Library). It was the 3rd annual showcase of its kind, and Michelle reports that each … Continue reading Stainforth Projects by Danna D’Esopo and Leah Senatro at the 2019 DH Student Showcase

Guest lecture @ SJSU, #bigger6 graduate seminar, with activities

Last evening (4/11/19), I had the pleasure of guest lecturing in Prof. Katherine D. Harris’s graduate seminar, “#Bigger6: Decolonizing British Romantic Literature (1775-1835) through Print Culture” (ENGL 232, SJSU), from 7-8:30pm. My presentation had two parts. First, I gave a 45-minute lecture on the Stainforth library and its potential as #bigger6 activism, or the broadening … Continue reading Guest lecture @ SJSU, #bigger6 graduate seminar, with activities

“Monument to Our Matrons,” short fiction inspired by the Stainforth library’s auction in 1867

By Michael W. Harris, published in Plumbago issue 5 (Jan. 2019) I settle into my chair at the esteemed auction house of Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge to witness the selling off, piecemeal, of the careful and thoughtful accumulation of the better part of my life. No novice to London collecting circles, I had previously cultivated passions for both … Continue reading “Monument to Our Matrons,” short fiction inspired by the Stainforth library’s auction in 1867

The Grecians. A Tragedy, by Mrs. Vaughan (1824), with Stainforth bookplate

While fixing typos in our transcription data, I stumbled upon yet another Stainforth bookplate in Google Books in a digital copy of The Grecians, a play by Mrs. Vaughan (1824). The bookplate indicates that Francis Stainforth owned this exact copy of the book, and so far we have identified around 300 of these. There are … Continue reading The Grecians. A Tragedy, by Mrs. Vaughan (1824), with Stainforth bookplate

Ann Yearsley’s Library Catalog

My co-editor, Debbie Hollis, recently shared with me Ann Yearsley’s library catalog, which one can access through Gale/ECCO. Go to Ann Yearsley’s Library Catalog My current institution doesn’t subscribe to ECCO, and I took this incredible (and expensive) database for granted at both CU-Boulder, where I did my PhD, and at Dartmouth College, where I … Continue reading Ann Yearsley’s Library Catalog

Emerging Voices, an Introduction

We’re happy to introduce a new series of essays called “Emerging Voices,” written solely by undergraduate students working on authors and titles in the Stainforth library catalog. The editors are particularly excited to share these essays because not only do they offer valuable new insights into lesser-known titles and women authors between the sixteenth and … Continue reading Emerging Voices, an Introduction

Women’s Lib and the Chastity Police: Explorations of Female Friendship in The Platonic Wife (1765), by Elizabeth Griffith

Essay by Catherine Newcomb Dr. Leuner ENGL 144G May 16, 2018 The Platonic Wife, a play written by British author Elizabeth Griffith in 1765, explores themes of female oppression and the patriarchal usage of women for economic advancement through the story of the separation of a man and woman, Lord and Lady Frankland (their first … Continue reading Women’s Lib and the Chastity Police: Explorations of Female Friendship in The Platonic Wife (1765), by Elizabeth Griffith

Anna Barbauld & Fables in A Legacy for Young Ladies (1826)

Essay by Meredith MacLennan 25 May 2018 Professor Leuner 18th Century British Women’s Literature Recovery Essay- Anna Barbauld Anna Letitia Barbauld was a well-known woman in her day. She was a prominent writer, teacher, and poet during the 18th century in Britain. Like all other female authors from this time, her writing alone was unusual, … Continue reading Anna Barbauld & Fables in A Legacy for Young Ladies (1826)

Alice Flowerdew, Robert Bloomfield, and VIAF #Fail

It is stunning to me that Alice Flowerdew does not have a record in VIAF.org, the Virtual International Authority File. I started searching for Flowerdew while spot-checking our person authority records completed by new student editors (they’re amazing!) at the University of Colorado Boulder. “Flowerdew (A)” appears on page 161 of the catalog and has … Continue reading Alice Flowerdew, Robert Bloomfield, and VIAF #Fail

Miss Edgworth Temple or James Templeman?

Our newest Stainforth researcher, Faith, sent me a Slack message saying that she found a case of a male author in the Stainforth catalog publishing under the name of a woman. This would be James Templeman publishing as Miss Edgworth Temple, author of The Mysterious Shriek, or, Alexander and Lavinia: a metrical tale. Also, the ancient … Continue reading Miss Edgworth Temple or James Templeman?