Hartlib Papers

Now available online. A complete electronic edition, with full-text transcription and facsimile images, of all 25,000 seventeenth-century manuscripts of the `intelligencer´ and man of science, Samuel Hartlib.

Samuel Hartlib (c1600-62), a great seventeenth-century ‘intelligencer’ and man of science, set out to record all human knowledge and make it universally available for the education of all mankind. His correspondence, which runs to over 25,000 folios of original materials, came to the University Library in the 1960s. The full-text electronic edition realises Hartlib’s vision some 300 years later.hartlib

The project produced an electronic edition with full-text transcription and facsimile images of all 25,000 seventeenth-century manuscripts. This seven-year project culminated in the publication in 1996 of two CD-ROMs by University Microfilms in Michigan. An enlarged edition, incorporating many Hartlib materials from libraries around the world, was published by The Digital Humanities Institute’s own HRI Online electronic press in July 2002.

A new, publicly available, online edition of the Hartlib Papers is now available at the following website: http://www.dhi.ac.uk/hartlib.


Additional Funders

Manpower Services Commission, University of Sheffield

Project Team

  • Prof. Mark Greengrass (Department of History, University of Sheffield)
  • Prof. Michael Leslie (Department of English, University of Sheffield)
  • Mr Michael Hannon (University Library, University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Judith Crawford
  • Dr Timothy Raylor
  • William J. Hitchens
  • Patricia Barry
  • Margaret Chambers
  • Stephen Clucas
  • Julie MacDonald
  • Gwen Smithson
  • Susan Wallace
  • Dr John Young
  • Ekkehardt Duismann
  • Dr Wendy Collier
  • David Palmer
  • Dr Tom Leng
  • Jamie McLaughlin (Developer – The Digital Humanities Institute)