Woolf Archive


Introduction

The modernist movement was a dynamic and critical cultural shift in history. In literature, it introduced the world to stream-of-consciousness and unfurnished writing and stories. The mundane became central with raw emotion at the forefront. Virginia Woolf was one of the most remarkable writers during this age, in her novels, as well as her speeches, essays, and correspondence. Her life is intensely fascinating and is one of the most widely studied lives of authors in history.

This project aims to build a digital representation of unpublished correspondence written by the author Virginia Woolf found at the Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana. The Desmond and Molly MacCarthy papers at the IU Lilly Library contain over sixty personal and professional letters written by Woolf to the MacCarthys from 1910 to 1940. This project proposes using textual encoding following the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines in order to create an accurate digital representation of the Woolf correspondence, along with full metadata records and high quality images of the letters.

Prototypes

This web page exists to display three versions of prototypes the primary investigator has created in order to encode the remainer of the Woolf correspondence held at the IU Lilly Library. Since the process of writing was an critical subject to Woolf, the three versions involve her handwriting, her handwriting with her own edits, and typewritten letters with her edits. For the versions with edits, users can toggle the checkbox to the right of the letter in order to see the edits.


Version I: Handwritten Letters

Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, Friday (undated)

Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, Sunday (undated)

Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, 1 February

Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, undated

Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, undated


Version II: Handwritten Letters with Edits

Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, November

Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, 23 June


Version III: Typewritten Letters with Edits

Virginia Woolf to Desmond MacCarthy, 2 February

Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, 22 September



This project was created by Grace Thomas for the 2015 Digital Libraries course taught by Dr. John Walsh. It is composed over encoded letters found at the Lilly Library, Bloomington, Indiana, and utilizes Dr. Walsh's TEI Boilerplate for web display.