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January 2011 -- Raynor Memorial Libraries announce acquisition of Electronic Enlightenment, a digital collection of letters between more than 7,000 correspondents from 45 nationalities. Serving as a gateway to the long 18th century, the letters originated primarily in Europe and the Americas between the early 17th to mid-19th centuries. In addition to famous thinkers, scholars, politicians, and diplomats, the collection includes butchers, servants, and shopkeepers--some 688 occupations are indexed. The letters are transcribed into modern type but reproduced in the original language and spelling. One can search the full text, as well as limit by writer, recipient, language, country, city, date, title, and more. The extensive scholarly support apparatus contains biographies of the correspondents.

Other features of Electronic Enlightenment include:

  • 58,555 letters and documents
  • 11 languages, including English, French, German, and Italian
  • Full text search of all documents, plus browse by decade
  • 252,976 scholarly annotations
  • Printer-friendly layout
  • Context-sensitive help pages
  • Monthly updates and additions

The documents in E. E. are gathered from many sources and scholarly editions, including: Cambridge University Press, Bodleian Libraries and the University of Oxford, Edinburgh University Press, and the Voltaire Foundation.

Similar to other digital materials licensed by the libraries, access is permitted from on and off-campus locations for current members of the Marquette community; more about remote access here.

Questions about this new subscription may be directed to the Information Desk, (414) 288-7556.

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