The English Short Title Catalogue
A Description, with Evidence of its Significance to the Scholarly Community
Compiled by John Bloomberg-Rissman, Robert Lang and Dione Shastid. (April, 1996. )
The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) is a bibliographic database. Chronologically, its scope extends from the earliest Caxton incunabulum (ca. 1473) through the last item printed in 1800. Geographically, it includes:
The ESTC is also a union list. Over 1,500 institutions in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have reported their holdings to the North American and English editorial offices of the ESTC; each record in the file has appended to it a list of locations at which copies of the item may be found.
At the time of writing the ESTC contains over 400,000 records, and approximately 2,000,000 locations.
The ESTC is available in both CD-ROM and online versions. In the United Kingdom and Australia it is available through BLAISE-LINE, the British Library’s information network. In North America (and, increasingly, in other parts of the world), it is available through the Research Libraries Group, Inc., through two services: ---RLIN, used mainly by experienced searchers and technical processing users, which offers MARC-tagged displays and support for cataloging; and ---Eureka, which offers easy-to-use searching tools and displays along with online help and e-mail support for sending results over the Internet.
Except for billing purposes, neither RLG nor the British Library have the technical resources to track usage of the file. Nevertheless, we have been able to gather enough data to indicate the significance of the project to the scholarly community. What follows are a) a selection of quotations from articles and other publications, mail (electronic and otherwise) received in this office, etc. attesting to the value of the project; and b) a bibliography of items for which use of the was essential.
‘May I say that I think the ESTC is the most remarkable research tool I have ever come across. Thanks to its search capacity, I have found dozens of very interesting items I would otherwise never have known about.’Lawrence Stone, Princeton University.
‘The [ESTC] has become a model for machine-readable union catalogs, as well as a catalyst for other national efforts.’Beverly T. Watkins. The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 22, 1992. ‘Vast electronic catalog transforms research on the 18th century’.
‘The ESTC has transformed research by allowing the scholar to concentrate on the content of works rather than on the process of identifying and locating them. The researcher can request mixes of information previously impossible to conceive, combining title words with place and year of publication to sample the intellectual currents of the period, or quickly running off a bibliography of even a minor author’s work. The ESTC is more than a mere time-saver: it allows the scholar to play with ideas, stirring in new concepts to allow a re-visioning of the initial idea. It serves as a model of what humanists should expect from future electronic tools.’ Michaelyn Burnette, Humanities Librarian. February 1996 Newsletter of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley.
‘The expanded ESTC will make an enormous contribution to facilitating the study of British history, literature, and cultural studies. It is not too much to say that it will revolutionize that study and permit researcher to answer questions that were impossible even to formulate before ESTC.’Peter Davison, Bibliographic Society, London. The Research Libraries Group News, issue 34, spring 1994.
'Recently the National Book Critic Circle selected as Winner of its 1995 criticism award Robert Darnton’s ‘The forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary France’. ... On a number of occasions, [Professor Darnton’s assistant] would turn to me, ... for help [and] ESTC provided a number of answers.’Stephen Ferguson, Princeton University.
'[As] editor-in-chief of the Sidney family library catalogue I can tell you that the resources of the ESTC are essential for our work of verifying and normalizing the over 4,000 titles in this 1665 catalogue.’ Germaine Warkentin, Victoria College, University of Toronto.
‘As an on-going project, the Swift Poems Project, of which I’m an editor, would be crippled without the ESTC. We use it constantly.’ James Woolley, Lafayette College.
‘Although it may seem odd that I used the ESTC for what are basically French bibliographical studies, I believe it is a credit to the database that it is inclusive enough to be used in that manner.’ Everett C. Wilkie, Jr. Head Librarian and Crofut Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, The Connecticut Historical Society.
‘I am currently writing a book about the role of the book trade ... and I can honestly say that the project would be inconceivable without access to ESTC. ... It’s a wonderful service to all early modern scholars.’ David Brewer, University of California, Berkeley.
‘The Edinburgh Bibliographical Society is about to publish a book entitled ‘The David Hume Library’... The ESTC has been invaluable in carrying out this work ... and the ESTC numbers are given as references.’ Brian Hillyard, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.
‘ESTC was the only available source of information for Cottle’s total ... publications. ... I can say, without question, that the online ESTC made these articles possible. ... I can also point out that ESTC greatly facilitated my PhD dissertation.’Alan Boehm, Columbia, Missouri.
‘While the book that O M Brack, Jr., and I are working on is not yet published, we have used the ESTC extensively in organizing and documenting what is known as the Lauder Controversy ... Without the ESTC, [this] could never have been conceived, never mind executed.’ Jesse G. Swan, Assistant Professor of English.
‘For a book dealer with specialist interest in the 18th century, ESTC on-line has probably been the single most useful addition to our bibliography >shelves’. ... ESTC is also great for gaining biographical details on very minor people who do not make it into DNB. ... Our main area of interest is in early art manuals, ... In this area there is no bibliography and so for the last 12 years we have been building up a database ... ESTC has contributed greatly to this, resolving problems in a way impossible by traditional means, ... Without the ESTC cataloguing would be a lot less interesting, less fun, and less creative.’ Tony Fothergill, Ken Spelman Rare and Antiquarian Books.
‘It has simply transformed our lives. ... We will never be the same. If you lost everything in a research file and you could remember just one thing - the author, title, subject - you could find out all the rest. You don’t have to look at card catalogs. You can search a data base. ... With the ESTC, it is possible to find anything all the time.’ Paul J. Korshin, Professor, University of Pennsylvania. The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 22, 1992. ‘Vast electronic catalog transforms research on the 18th century’ by Beverly T. Watkins. ‘In the past, I would consult a printed bibliography and then simply travel to libraries I thought were likely to have the works I was seeking, ... Now, with a few strokes of the [computer] keys, I can pinpoint exactly what I’m looking for.’ David Vander Meulen, University of Virginia. Los Angeles Times. ‘Giant Bibliography will be one for the history books’ by Jenifer Warren.
‘ESTC on CD-ROM is a breakthrough for students of the eighteenth century, enabling personalized sorts of hundreds of thousands of records of eighteenth-century publications and their location. Its availability will invigorate eighteenth -century studies, ...’ James Raven. Times Literary Supplement, Dec. 11, 1992. ‘Swift search’.
‘As a professional in the booktrade these 40 years, the ESTC has been my compass. It is my first resource in compiling sale catalogues, especially regarding fine points of authorship. With recent coordination from Simon May (ESTC, British Library), a wise and judicious associate, I was able to correct (August 2010) the ESTC records for two 1799 political pamphlets written by one of my favorite writers: Mary Anne Emmet, later Holmes, of the famous Emmet line of Irish patriots and writers. When historians construct a continuum of Irishwomen's political writings, they now will benefit from these two new ESTC records: N19124 and T18211. With the new records as bibliographic precedent, this breaking news can now be submitted to the new Dictionary of Irish Biography, 9 vols (Royal Irish Academy; Cambridge UP, 2009). At present, I am the sale agent for the Gerald M. Goldberg Collection (NY), mostly 18th-century imprints; and again ESTC is my faithful compass.’ Richard Aaron, Am Here Books (Ollon, Switzerland, 1970 ~ Camp Point, Illinois, 2007-). http://www.abebooks.com/am-here-camp-point-il/92190/sf
‘Concealed authorship, the most challenging field in literary research, begins and ends with the ESTC. When I undertook in the late 1980s the identity and pseudonymous writings of 'Ephelia', long considered an intractable case in the annals of 17th-century attribution, my initial task was to scour the ESTC for a bibliographic baseline of received opinion and recorded 'fact.' And the rest is history. Owing to broad multimedia investigations, I was able to construct (at last) a reasonably persuasive attribution (see 'Ephelia', Ashgate 2003; also 'Ephelia', BL, EEBO, The Orlando Project, etc.). With cautious direction from Patricia Hargis (ESTC, UC-Riverside), I also was able to reconstruct the several ESTC records on this intriguing poetess of political broadsheets, amusing coterie verse, and bold 'female poems' -- and add a valuable new record. This exercise in scholarly detection came full circle: it began and ended with the ESTC. Again, the ESTC proved a critical resource in my essay on the sale of the Peyraud Collection (ECS, Fall 2009) and also in a commissioned piece on Frances Burney (The Burney Letter, Spring 2010).’ Maureen E. Mulvihill, Princeton Research Forum, NJ. http://www.ephelia.com
Blom, F., Blom, J., Korsten, F., & Scott, G. (1996)English Catholic books 1701-1800: a bibliography. Brookfield, VT : Scolar Press.
Brack, O. M., Jr. & Swan, Jesse G. (In progress). Milton, Lauder, and Johnson: the politics of literary reputation and forgery. New York : AMS Press.
Crump, M. & Harris, M. (Eds.). (1983).Searching the eighteenth century: papers presented at the symposium on the Eighteenth century short title catalogue in July 1982. London : British Library in association with the Department of Extra-Mural Studies, University of London.
Darnton, Robert.(1995). The forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary France. New York : W.W. Norton.
Echeverria, Durand & Wilkie, Everett C.(1994).The French image of America: a chronological and subject bibliography of French books printed before 1816 relating to the British North American colonies and the United States. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press.
Folkenflik, Robert (Ed). (1993). The culture of autobiography: constructions of self-representation. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press. Series title: Irvine studies in the humanities.
Goulden, R. J. (Forthcoming 1996). Faversham book trade directory, 1730-1900. Faversham, England : Faversham Heritage Centre.
Goulden, R. J.(1995). Kent town guides, 1763-1900. London : British Library.
Goulden, R. J.(1988). The ornament stock of Henry Woodfall, 1719-1747.Occasional papers, no.3. London : Bibliographical Society.
Green, Ian. (1996) The Christian's ABC Catechisms and Catechizing in England c.1530-1740. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Greene, Richard.(1993). Mary Leapor: a study in eighteenth-century women's poetry. Oxford : Clarendon Press.
Fabian, Bernhard,ed. Jefcoate, Graham & Kloth, Karen, compilers. (1987). A catalogue of English books printed before 1801 held by the University Library at Gottingen. Bernhard Fabian (Ed.). New York : Olms-Weidmann.
Kronenfeld, Judy.(Forthcoming 1997). King Lear and ‘The naked truth’: an inquiry into the role of history and language in criticism. Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press.
Law Society.(1994). Catalogue of the Law Society’s Mendham Collection: lent to the University of Kent at Canterbury and housed in Canterbury Cathedral Library. Sheila Hingley & David Shaw (Eds.). London : Law Society.
Maslen, Keith & Lancaster, John (Eds.). (1991). The Bowyer ledgers: the printing accounts of William Bowyer, f’Ther and son, reproduced on microfiche: with a checklist of Bowyer printing, 1699-1777, a commentary, indexes, and appendixes. London : The Bibliographical Society; New York : The Bibliographical Society of America; [distributed by] Oxford University Press.
Raven, James.(1987). British Fiction 1750-1770 A chronological check-list of prose fiction printed in Britain and Ireland. Newark, De. : University of Delaware Press; London and Toronto : Associated University Presses.
Vancil, David E. (1994). Incunable dictionaries: a checklist and publishing history. Terre Haute, Ind. : Friends of the Cunningham Memorial Library.
Warkentin, Germaine, Bowen, William, & Black, Joseph (Eds.). (In progress). The library of the Sidneys of Penshurst ca. 1665.
Wilkie, Everett C. (1986). Mercier’s L’An 2440: its publishing history during the author’s lifetime. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Library.
Mulvihill, Maureen E. (2003). 'Ephelia.' Hants UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. With introductory essay, textual notes, bibliograpy, facsimiles, and portraits by Van Dyck of Mary (Villiers) Stuart, Duchess of Richmond. Review, NYPL Berg Collection, Seventeenth-Century News (Spring-Summer, 2004),119-124.
Bidwell, John.(Forthcoming). ‘Printing supplies’ History of the Book in America, vol. 1. New York : Cambridge University Press.
Hillyard, Brian.(1990). ‘Working towards a history of Scottish book collecting’ Six centuries of the provincial book trade in Britain. Peter Isaac (Ed.). Winchester, Hampshire, England : St. Paul’s Bibliographies.
Ihalainen, Pasi. (1994). ‘Poliittinen eurooppalainen: politiikan m’Allistuminen 1700-luvun alun Englannissa’ Eurooppalainen ihminen: todellisuutta, ihanteita ja pelkoja. Anssi Halmesvirta (Ed.). Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Ihalainen, Pasi.(Forthcoming 1996). ’Humoral pathology and medical metaphors in early eighteenth-century English political discourse’ Man and Body, Early Modern Approaches I. Marjo K’Artinen and Anu Korhonen (Eds.) Turku, Finland.
Voss, Paul J.(In progress). ‘The next generation meets the archive’ The Next Generation. Peter C. Herman (Ed.).
Woolley, James. (1995). ‘Sarah Harding as Swift’s printer’, Walking Naboth’s vineyard: new studies of Swift. Christopher Fox & Brenda Tooley (Eds.) Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press. Series title: University of Notre Dame Ward-Phillips lectures in English language and literature v. 13.
Baer, Joel.(1995). ‘Bold Captain Avery in the Privy Council: early variants of a broadside ballad in the Pepys Collection’, Folk Music Journal. pp. 4-26.
Bloomberg-Rissman, John. (1990). ‘A crowd of bitter retorts’ Factotum. no. 31. pp. 14-17.
Boehm, Alan D.(1995). ‘Was Joseph Cottle a liberal bookseller?’ ELN [English Language Notes] 32. pp. 32-39.
Boehm, Alan D.(Forthcoming). ‘The 1798 lyrical ballads and the poetics of late eighteenth-century book production’ English Literary History 63. pp. 453-487.
Dawson, Robert L.(1990). ‘Notes on 18th century French books printed in Britain’ Bulletin du bibliophile, new series.
Ihalainen, Pasi. (1994). ‘Language and literature in intellectual history: early eighteenth-century political literature as historical source’ English Studies and History. David Robertson (Ed.). pp. 223-244.
Ihalainen, Pasi.(Forthcoming). ‘Schisms, heresies, and freethinking in English political discourse, 1700-1730".
Laird, Michael. (1995). ‘A Queen Anne Binding for Richard Sare’ Factotum no. 40., pp. 21-22.
Lloyd, Dick. (1990). ‘The Perils of Pollution’ UC Riverside Magazine, pp.28-34.
Pearson, David.(1988). ‘The growth of the Eighteenth-Century concept of publisher’ Factotum no. 25, pp. 9-11.
Stanger, James. (Forthcoming 1996). ‘William Blake’ The cyclopaedia of world authors.
Voss, Paul J.(Forthcoming 1996) ‘The faerie Queene 1590-1596: the case of St. George’ The Ben Jonson Journal, vol. 3.
Voss, Paul J.(Ed.). (Forthcoming). ‘The poetics of the archive’ Studies in the literary imagination. Special issue.
Allen, Susan M.(1996). The impact of the Stamp Act of 1765 on Colonial American printers: threat or bonanza? University of California, Los Angeles.
Boehm, Alan D.(1992). The poetics of literary commerce: patrician and popular book-selling and the rise of publishing, 1700-1825. Indiana University. Cody, Lisa. (1993). The politics of body contact: disciplines of reproduction in Britain, 1688-1834. University of California, Berkeley.
Pearson, Velvet.(In progress). The influence of French culture. University of Southern California.
Stanger, James. (Forthcoming 1996). William Blake’s true faculty of knowing: the human form divine, the form of the book, and the opening of the eye. University of California, Riverside.
Veylit, Alain.(1994). A statistical survey and evaluation of the Eighteenth-Century Short-Title Catalog. University of California, Riverside.
Voss, Paul J. (1995). The unfortunate theater of France: Shakespeare, Marlowe, and the Elizabethan news quarto, 1589-1593. University of California, Riverside.
Ward, Frederic Robin.(1995). Early influence of John Locke’s political thought in England, 1689-1720. University of California, Riverside.
Watson, William Craig. (1995). Late Stuart reformation: church and state in the first age of party. University of California, Riverside.
Brewers, David Allen. (1996). ‘Luscious Allusions’ and Obscene Asterisms’: figuring the female reader in the Shandy craze of the 1760s’. Austin ASECS meeting, ; SHARP meeting (summer 1996).
Yax, Maggie.Five centuries of women book artists: printers and engravers, 1478-1984. University of Illinois.
Works in progress
Fysh, Stephanie.Article on Samuel Richardson’s extensive revisions over several editions of Daniel Defoe’s ‘Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain.’
Greene, Richard. An annotated edition of Mary Leapor’s poetry.
Kelly, Ann.Book on Jonathan Swift and print culture.
Jacobsen, Susan. Essay on Humphry Clinker.
Malone, Kelly. Dissertation on chapbook fiction and the early novel.
McKeon, Joshua.Descriptive bibliography of eighteenth century imprints of books by Samuel Johnson.
Rogers, Shef.Article on Gerald Fitzgerald’s ‘The Injured Islanders’ (1779).
Rogers, Shef.Conference paper on ‘The History of Prince Lee Boo’ (1789).
Sher, Richard B. Book about the role of the book trade in the Enlightenment.
About the ESTC (in chronological order)
Roberts, R.J.(April, 1977). ‘Advance notice of STC need’, LA Record Vol.79 no.4 (A letter asking for the ‘goodwill of our colleagues’ in supplying information preparatory to compiling ESTC).
‘Knife-edge fun’.(June 25, 1977). The Times (London) (Description of a project ‘find’).
White, Martin. (July 9, 1977). ‘The man with a treasure trove in his 'in' tray’, Daily Mail (Six months down. Only 14 1/2 years to go. Dr. Alston is wading his way through the uncatalogued material in the British Library).
Adamson, Lesley. (July 1, 1977). ‘The hunting of the callowaypoofe’, Guardian (The project gets under way - the finding of cargo lists with words not listed in OED).
Gosling, Kenneth.(July 1, 1977). :British Library cataloguing bits of ancient ephemera’, The Times (London).
‘Newspapers in bad condition’ (August, 1977). LA Record vol.79 no.8 (Includes note of the intention to compile ESTC).
Alston, Robin. (1977). ‘Progress towards an Eighteenth Century STC: an interim report’, Direction Line No. 4.
‘Library is host to ESTC project’ (March 30, 1978). The New York Public Library Staff News vol.67 no.13 (The operational test, under the direction of Terry Belanger).
CABLIS No. 28 (April, 1978) (Note on the publication of the first issue of the rules).
CABLIS No. 29 (May, 1978) (Announces the appearance of Factotum in March).
Cotton, David A.(June, 1978). ‘My misfortune’, L.A. Record Vol. 80 (6) (A letter concerning the first publication of the cataloguing rules - Short titles ... it is also short of a contents page, index, CIP entry ...’).
‘The ESTC’(July, 1978). ASECS News Circular No. 30 (A review of progress). ‘Valuable record’. (September 29, 1978) Daily Telegraph (‘A remarkable Anglo-American project is now under way ... some important discoveries about Alexander Pope have come to light.’).
‘18th Century Short-Title Catalogue’.(September, 1978). BL Bulletin No. 41 (Progess note - 70,000 items catalogued; 40 contributing libraries).
‘London Diary’(November 28, 1978). The Times (London) (Visit to the promethean project’).
Alston, R. C. & Jannetta, M. J.(1978). Bibliography machine readable cataloguing and the ESTC. London : British Library.
Snyder, Henry L.(1978). ‘The ESTC: a progress report’, Trends in Bibliography.
Cameron, William J. (1978). Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America (Review of Alston R.C. & Janetta M.J., Bibliography, Machine readable cataloguing and the ESTC (BL Publications, 1978))
‘The ESTC’. (1978). British Journal of 18th C Studies Vol.1 no.2 (Summary of the talk given by Michael Crump to the BSECS London Conference).
‘Project will catalogue early printed material’. (January, 1979). Lumen Vol.8 (Announces the foundation of the South Australian section of EIP).
Alston R.C. & Christophers, R.(March, 1979). ‘Machine readable cataloguing and early printed books’, International cataloguing Vol. 8 no. 1 (Explanation of ‘The intellectual processes which have contributed to the evolution’ of the cataloguing rules).
Collins, John. (April, 1979). ‘The impossible dream’, Antiquarian Book Monthly Review (Review of Alston & Jannetta).
LA Record(April, 1979) (Note of the publication of Alston & Jannetta - ‘Rather than a history this is a field report of the project’).
CABLIS No. 38(May, 1979) (Announces the publication of Alston & Jannetta).
Elliot, V.G.(June, 1979). ‘ESTC and EIP: the New Zealand Contribution’. New Zealand Libraries 1979 Vol. 42 No.1.
‘ESTC progress’(June, 1979). Literary Research Newsletter vol.4 no.3.
Roberts, R.J. (July, 1979). ‘A giant's step towards a short-title catalogue in English 18th century books,’ Journal of Librarianship, vol.11 no.3.
ALSU picked for scholarly project’. (September 6, 1979). Baton Rouge Enterprise. ALSU major cog in bibliographical project’ (September 17, 1979). Baton Rouge Morning Advocate.
Landry, Kathy.(September 20, 1979). "Grant pays for language project’. The Daily Reveille.
Snyder, Henry L.(1979). ‘The ESTC: a progress report’, Trends in Bibliography 1978-79.
‘The EIP’. (1979). University of Adelaide Library News Vol.1 (The South Australian section of EIP. Based on an interview with Alan Brissenden).
Korshin Paul J.(1979). Eighteenth-Century Studies Vol. 12 (Review of Alston & Jannetta).
Lindqvist, Sune.(1979). ‘En svensk bibliografi 1700-1829,’ Nordisk Tidskrift for bok-och biblioteksvasen.
‘Notes on other recent publications’.(1979) Library History Vol.5 no1 (Mention of a number of articles in Factotum).
‘LSU's ESTC project’.(February, 1980). LLA Bulletin.
‘ESTC becomes an international project’ (March, 1980). BL News no.51 (Notice of the start of ESTC/NA at LSU).
Belanger, Terry & Davis, S.(January 14, 1980). ‘Rare book cataloging and computers - II’. AB Bookman's Weekly.
Ferdinand, Christine Y.(January, 1980). ‘The ESTC project at the British Library: a progress report’. East Central ASECS Newsletter.
C, J.L. ‘ESTC in the U.S.’(February 25, 1980). AB Bookman's Weekly, The Editor's corner.
‘LSU's ESTC project’.(March, 1980). Louisiana Library Association Bulletin (Announces the establishment of the project at LSU).
Morley, William F.E. (May 20, 1980). ‘The ESTC’. Bulletin of the Bib. Soc. of Canada No.14 (Urges co-operation with the project ... Canada should be making its contribution too. There's no time to be lost, if we are to participate fully!’).
Korn, Eric.(May 23, 1980). ‘Remainders’.. Times Literary Supplement (Piece on ‘Factotum, the world's most literate journal ... It's a genial periodical, often raffish ... not a whit daunted by its high purpose.).
Howard-Hill T.H. (June, 1980). The Library 6th series vol.2 no.2 (Review of Alston and Jannetta).
‘The ESTC’. (May, 1980). Bulletin of the Bib. Soc. of Canada
Illustrated London News (October, 1980) (Illustration from and notice of Provincial Printer 1700-1800).
‘Treasure Trove’ (October, 1980). Books & Beyond (In this newsletter of the university libraries of Rutgers Donald Sinclair, of Spceial Collections reports having contributed 5,300 records to ESTC).
‘Librarians Meet.’ (November 5, 1980). The Daily Gleaner [Fredrickton, New Brunswick] (Meeting of Canadian Association of Research Libraries with a picture of R.C. Alston talking with Gertrude Gunn, President of CARL).
Snyder, Henry L.(November, 1980). ‘The ESTC’, APLA Bulletin.
‘ESTC in America’. (December, 1980) . CABLIS nos. 46 & 56 (Extracted from Factotum no.10).
Koda Paul S.(1980).The Library Quarterly (Review of Alston & Jannetta).
‘VUW team head effort to catalogue NZ's old books’. (1980). Victoria University Graduate, 1980.
Dawson, Robert L. (1980). Dix-huitieme siecle No. 12 (Review of Alston & Jannetta).
Belanger, Terry. (1980). ‘Machine assisted retrospective projects’. ALA Yearbook.
‘ESTC Meeting at the National Library’.(January, 1981). National Library News Vol.13 (The meeting, at the National Library of Canada, at which participation was agreed).
‘BLAISE to Market Software Developed to Catalog BL Project’. (January, 1981). Advanced Technology Libraries Vol.10 no. 1, (The marketing of CORTEX, including endorsements from Robin Alston, JoeZeeman & Christine Ferdinand).
‘Reunion de l'ESTC a la bibliotheque nationale’.(January, 1981). Nouvelles de la BNC vol.13, nos.1-2.
‘Library in Microform’.(August 14, 1981). The Times (London) (Announces RPI microfilming project).
‘Off Peak’, (August 18, 1981). The Times (London). (Announces RPI microfilming project), August 18, 1981.
Gosling, Kenneth. (September 3, 1981). ‘Huge task for library’. The Times (London) (General article on ESTC and RPI). ‘ESTC Texts on Microfilm’. (September, 1981). CABLIS no. 65 (Announces RPI microfilming project - taken from Factotum no.12).
‘Green is good for your eyes’.(September, 1981). CABLIS no. 65 (Precis of an article in Factotum no.12).
‘ESTC receives records from the Fondren Library’. (October, 1981). Fondren Library Bulletin, new series Vol. 8 no. 1 (Description of the project and the contribution of the Fondren Lib. (6700 reports)).
‘Microform publication of ESTC texts’(November, 1981). BL news no. 70 (Announces the RPI microfilming project).
Brack, O.M. Jr.(December 11, 1981). ‘The extraction business’. Times Literary Supplement (Review of Eighteenth Century British Books with mention of ESTC).
‘Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue’ (December, 1981). ASECS News Circular no. 40 (Notice of the project soliciting reports of holdings and offer further information).
McKenzie, D.F.(December, 1981). ‘Perishable goods,’ NZ Libraries Vol. 45, no. 8 (A review of Eighteenth-Century British Books with mention of ESTC).
‘ESTC’(December, 1981). British Studies Intelligencer.
‘ESTC’. (1981). AHA Newsletter p.4 (Brief notice of the project).
Reidy, Denis. (1981). ‘Situazione dei Fondi Antichi e Iniziative Catalografiche’ in Gran Bretagna, I Fondi Librari Antichi delle Biblioteche. Firenze: Leo S. Olschki (Discusses ESTC and other union catalogue initiatives).
‘Report on the ESTC’. (1981). Education for the Research Library Professional, Association of Research Libs., Minutes of the Ninety Seventh Meeting, October 15-16 1980, Arlington, Va..
Singleton, Judith. (1981). ‘The ESTC - a revolutionary advance for scholarship’. (1981). ALA Yearbook, 1981.
Rees-Mogg.(January 7, 1982). ‘Working towards the ultimate book-list: from Pope to Austen for 1,250 pounds", The Times (London) (A description of the PHIBB Project).
‘People’(January, 1982). BL News No. 72 (Picture of Alan Sterneberg (having recently been appointed Editor of Factotum)).
‘ESTC Progress’(February, 1982). CABLIS (Summary of progress reports from Factotum no. 13).
Alston, Robin.(March, 1982). ‘ESTC Progress towards a Bibliographical dream’. ATBL Newsletter.
CABLIS (May, 1982)(Under ‘Conferences courses etc.’ a note of the symposium held by the Extra Mural Dept. of London University).
ABL puts the 18th Century online’. (June, 1982). CABLIS no. 74 (Note of the ESTC being made available on BLAISE from Factotum no. 14).
‘City Livery Companies and ESTC’.(June, 1982). CABLIS no. 74 (Note of the inclusion of the livery companies in ESTC from Factotum no. 14).
Alston, Robin.(July 2, 1982). ‘ESTC six years on’, Times Literary Supplement (A progress report).
Santinelli, Patricia.(July 7, 1982). ‘Computer to help research’. THES (ESTC on BLAISE).
Warman, Christopher. (July 8, 1982). ‘Eighteenth century revealed. BL retrieves an era’. The Times (London).
Nurse, Keith. (July 12, 1982). ‘Computer opens up the past’. Telegraph.
‘Databank for historikere’.(July 15, 1982). Kolding Folkeblad.
‘18th Century On-line’(July, 1982). BL News no. 77 (ESTC on BLAISE-LINE from the 5th July).
‘18th Century Online’(July, 1982). CABLIS No. 75 (An expansion of the article in CABLIS 74).
Lazarus, Bill.(September 3, 1982). ‘Microfilming in a big way’ The Journal - Courier (Discusses RPI, Mandel and The Eighteenth Century).
‘The eighteenth century on-line’.(September, 1982). Bulletin of the Printing Historical Society no.7 (Announcing the availability of the file on BLAISE-Line).
‘Project hits halfway point’.(October 24, 1982). Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate (Announcement of the beginning of the second triennium of NEH funding).
‘LSU putting all 18th century English works on computer’. (October 24, 1982). Alexandria Daily Town Talk.
‘Catalog goal reaches half million items at LSU’(October 27, 1982). The Daily Record vol. 84 no.210.
Overmier, J.A. & Ihrig, Elizabeth. (November, 1982). ‘ESTC: a Medical Model of the costs of Participation by Specialized Collections’. College & Research Libraries vol.43 no. 6.
‘Microform publication of ESTC texts’(1982). ATBL Newsletter No. 4 (Announces the signing of the contract with RPI).
Snyder, Henry L.(1982). ‘Report on the ESTC’, Minutes of the 97th Meeting of ARL (Meeting on ‘Scholars' access to information: public responsibility/private initiative’).
‘Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue’ (1982). AHA Newsletter 1981-82.
‘Enumerating the eighteenth century’(1982). The general libraries: the U of T at Austin, Newsletter no. 17 (A report of the contribution of the HRC to the project).
The Australian and New Zealand Early Imprints Project Newsletter No.1. (January, 1983-).
Belanger, Terry. (March, 1983). ‘Wilson's crisis’, BiN (Bibliography Newsletter) Vol. XI nos. 3-4 (Report of a lecture by Alex Wilson, Director General of the Reference Division, BL, on ‘The crisis of Rare Book Management’).
Discover Vol. 5 no.2. (May, 1983). (Free news sheet of The Arts & Humanities Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Description of the project in the biographical piece on Henry Snyder).
‘Vintage print on display’. (September 14, 1983).The Litho Printer Week (Short notice of Provincial printer 1700-1800).
Teacher (London) (September 16, 1983) (Note of the ‘curious and interesting items on view’ in Provincial Printer 1700-1800).
The Brimingham Post.(September 17, 1983) (Illustration from and notice of Provincial Printer 1700-1800).
THES(September 23, 1983). (Notice of ‘The curious and interesting items produced by the eighteenth century printer’ exhibited in Provincial Printer 1700-1800).
The Lady (September, 1983) (Mention of Provincial Printer 1700-1800 in a piece about the BL).
Bell, Alan.(October 28, 1983). ‘Some local types’, Times Literary Supplement p.1186 (A review of The provincial printer 1700-1800).
Crump, Michael.(November, 1983). ‘ESTC nears completion’. The American Trust for the BL newsletter No. 9.
British Book News (November, 1983). (A notice of Provincial Printer 1700-1800).
Duthie, Elizabeth. (1983). The year's work in English Studies vol.64 (Reviews of ESTC: the BL Collection; The ESTC Cataloguing rules and Searching the 18th Century).
Churms, B.V.(1983). South African Journal for Librarianship (Review of Searching the 18th Century).
‘Henry Snyder will speak on 18th Century Short Title Catalogue’ (January 16, 1984). Library of Congress Information Bulletin.
Roberts, E.F.D.(February 3, 1984). ‘The BL: directions and locations’. Times Literary Supplement.
McKitterick, David.(February, 1984). British Book News (Review of Searching the 18th Century).
APSECS News No. 21 (March, 1984). pp.23-24 (Announcement, with quotations from the preface of ESTC: the BL Collections).
Stockham, Peter.(April, 1984). ‘Using the Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue’. Antiquarian Book Monthly Review (A review of ESTC: the BL Collections and a discussion of the use of the online file).
‘ESTC enters phase two’. (May, 1984) BLAISE Newsletter No. 68.
Maxted, Ian.(May, 1984). ‘On-line for the eighteenth century’, Rare Books Group Newsletter No.23 (A report of the meeting arranged by the Local Studies and Rare Books groups of the LA on ESTC).
CABLIS (May, 1984). (Review of the ESTC cataloguing rules - ‘essential reading’).
‘ESTC enters phase two’. (June, 1984). British Library News.
Maxted, Ian.(June, 1984). ‘The ESTC and its importance for the Local Studies Librarian’, Local Studies Librarian Vol.3, no.1.
‘ESTC: the international phase’(June, 1984). BL News No. 98 (Announces the 10,000 non-BL records. ‘The total number of libraries represented as locations ... exceeds 400 and is likely to rise to 700 ...’).
Singleton, Judith.(June, 1984). ‘The ESTC’, Technical Services Quarterly Vol. 1 no. 4 (Originally presented on Jan. 11 1983 to the Western Specialists Section of ACRL).
Snyder, Henry L. (Spring/Summer, 1984). ‘The Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue: Its origin and use as a bibliographic tool’, Collection Management.
Uchitellee, Daniel.(August, 1984). ‘RLIN in the Eighteenth Century: an introduction to the ESTC special database’, Database.
Brack, O.M. Jr. (September 14, 1984). ‘A continuous cold collation’. Times Literary Supplement (Review of ESTC: The BL Collections and Searching the Eighteenth Century).
Gallagher, Kathy. (September 25, 1984). ‘Catalog for 18th century records resides at LSU’. The Daily Reveille.
Green, Roberta.(November, 1984). ‘Eighteenth century research goes high tech’. LSU Magazine vol.60 no.4.
Belanger, Terry.(November, 1984). APHA's Ninth,BiN (Bibliography Newsletter) (A report of the paper by H.L. Snyder ‘Finding and using c18 Books: an historian's perspective’ at the ninth annual conference of APHA)..
S., V.(November, 1984). ‘A scavenger hunt for eighteenth-century titles’. UCLA Librarian, vol. xxxvii no.10.
Bourne, Ross M.(1984). ‘A kutatok segitoje: a bibliographia es a bibliografiai szazmbavetel’ Konyvtari Vol.30 no.2 (ESTC is taken as an example in the context of a discussion of the importance of standards and means of access).
Hammond, Ray. (1984). The on-line handbook, Fontana paperbacks (Contains a section on ESTC on BLAISE-Line).
Korshin Paul J. (1984). Scriblerian (Review of Searching the 18th century).
Snyder, Henry L.(1984). ‘The ESTC: its origin and use as a bibliographic tool’, The state of Western European Studies, Haworth Press: New York (Selected papers from the Symposium on Western European studies and North American Research Libraries held May 8-11, 1983).
Speck, W.A.(1984). British Journal for 18th C Studies Vol.7 no.2 (Review of Searching the 18th century).
Davis, Stephen Paul.(1984). ‘Recent work in automation and rare books’, Rare Books, 1983-84: Trends, Collections, Sources,New York: Bowker, 1984, Edited by Alice D. Schreyer).
‘Eighteenth-century short title catalogue’(1984). Annual Report of the National Library of Ireland (Discusses the benfits anticipated from joining the project).
Boston, Richard.(March 9, 1985). ‘Shelf life under the dome’. Guardian (Piece on the storage problems of the BL; the need to control the holding by means of catalogues (preferably machine readable) and thence to ESTC).
Shurkin,, Joel.(April 3, 1985). ‘Libraries to undertake huge bibliography task’. Stanford University Campus Report (An interview with John Haeger of RLG on the link with the BL and the editing of ESTC, by both editorial offices, on a single mainframe).
‘Symposium on the ESTC’. (April, 1985). CABLIS.
Krummel, D.W.(June, 1985). Choice (A review of the project and its publications).
O'Donnell.(June, 1985). Literary Research Newsletter vol.10, no.3 (A review of C.W. Hind's Index to Factotum nos. 1-20 ‘A newsletter filled with bits of interesting information’).
Wardroper, John(September 4, 1985). ‘The age of Dr Johnson, captured on a database’ The Times (London).
Bossemeyer, Susanne.(September 28, 1985). ‘Buchersuche mit Gluck und Geduld’, Westfalischer Nachrichten (The Gottingen project).
‘RLG inaugurates transatlantic link with British Library’(December 26, 1985). Staff News The New York Public Library Vol.74 no52.
Wood, Melanie.(December, 1985). ‘Keys to the 18th Century’ Ceramics, the International Journal of Ceramics.
Alston, Robin. (1985). ‘The ESTC: some implications for the future of post-1800 enumerative bibliography’, Australian & New Zealand Studies, BL Occasional Papers 4.
Amory, Hugh. (1985). Publications of the Bibliographic Society of America Vol. 79 no. 1 (A review of Searching the 18th century).
‘RLG, British Library inaugurate transatlantic link’, (January, 1986). Advanced Technology Libraries Vol.15, no.1.
Mabbett, Margaret. (February, 1986). ‘Conference’, Musical Times (A report of M.J. Crump's paper 29th Nov. to Research students day on 18th century music).
The EphemeristNo 52 (March, 1986). (Report of a talk and demonstration by R.C. Alston Sept. 3 1985).
Crump, Michael.(April, 1986). ‘Short Title Catalogue on-line’, Information Development Vol. 2 no. 2.
‘Traditional publishing: new technology’(May, 1986). Electronic Publishing Newsletter Vol.2 no.1 (Report of a paper given by M.J. Crump on ESTC).
D.W.(December 12, 1986). ‘CD-ROM flavour to On Line Exhibition’, The Bookseller (Describes the BL exhibiting a disc ‘of the endlessly fascinating’ ESTC).
Korshin, Paul J. (1986). ‘Recent Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century’, Studies in English Literature vol.26 (A review of ESTC: the BL Collections).
Rath-Beckmann, Annette. (1986). ‘Retrospektive Katalogkonversion, Probleme und Moglichkeiten’, Bibliothek, Forschung und Praxis Vol, 10, no. 3 (On retrospective conversion of manual catalogues. Discusses various projects in the US and Great Britain, and ESTC and its off-shoot at Gottingen).
Rudall, B.H. & Corns, T.N. (1986). Computers and literature a practical guide., Cambridge, Mass & Tunbridge Wells (Contains a section (pp. 85-87) on ESTC on BLAISE-Line).
Lloyd, Dick. (Summer 1987). ‘The Great Catalogue’ UC Riverside Magazine.
Snyder, Henry L. (Fall, 1987). ‘A major new bibliographical tool for scholars’ The Clark Newsletter Bulletin of the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies.
‘1701-1800: RP has all the details’.(Winter, 1987). Report: the newsletter of Research Publications, vol.5 no.4.
Hunter, David. (Winter, 1987). ‘The Eighteenth-century Short Title Catalogue’. Books at UCR, vol.XI no.2.
Jefcoate, Graham.(1987). ‘Gottingen ESTC Project’, ASECS News Circular,[Northfield, MN] (An abstract of the article that first appeared in Factotum).
Bloomberg-Rissman, John.(December, 1988). ‘UC Riverside and the Eighteenth Century’, Newsletter, California Library Association, vol.XXX, no.12.
Bradley, James E. (March, 1989). ‘Current research in church history’, Theology, news and notes.
Sokolsky, Bob. (August 12, 1989). ‘Discovery Channel to air variety of UCR programs’. The Press-Enterprise.
‘UC Riverside projects to be on national TV show’. (August 27, 1989). Los Angeles Times.
Stalker, Laura. (November, 1989). ‘The English Short Title Catalogue’, RBMS Newsletter, no.12.
‘The world’s great libraries’(December 23, 1989). The Economist.
Pflug, Deborah Leslie. (Spring, 1990). ‘Scholar’s guide to searching Eighteenth-Century Scotland’, Eighteenth-Century Scotland The Newsletter of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society No. 4.
‘Regional news’. (September, 1990). PAC-News (OCLC Pacific Network) (Announces formation of CBSR).
Stalker, Laura. (Winter, 1990). ‘A new window on the past’, Books at UCR, vol.xiv, no.2.
Stalker, Dianne. (1990). ‘A comparison of cataloging entries in ESTC and bibliographical descriptions in D.F. Foxon’s English Verse, 1701-1750", Special Collections, vol 4(2).
Warren, Jenifer. (January 12, 1991). ‘Giant bibliography will be one for the history books’ Los Angeles Times.
Warren, Jenifer.(January 13, 1991). ‘Making book on history’, Los Angeles Times.
‘Hunt on for early published works’. (January 13, 1991). Sacramento Bee.
‘Team putting together computer bibliography’.(January 14, 1991). Watsonville Register.
‘Scholarly title search’. (January 16, 1991). Washington Post.
Schogol, Marc. (January 17, 1991). ‘Personal Briefing : Read on’, Philadelphia Inquirer >Daily Magazine’ section.
‘Scholars are using a computer to compile a giant bibliography’. (March 25, 1991). Star-Bulletin.
‘News’.(May, 1991). The East Central Intelligencer, vol.5 no.2 (announced CDROM).
‘Grants and gifts’ (October 1991). College & Research Libraries News.
Balachandran, Sarath. (December 3, 1991). ‘History professor tries to catalogue the past with bibliography research’, Highlander.
Egleston, Charles L.(1991). ‘Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research at the University of California, Riverside’, DLB Yearbook.
Watkins, Beverly T. (July 22, 1992). ‘Vast electronic catalog transforms research on the 18th century’ The Chronicle of Higher Education.
‘Grants and acquisitions’.(February, 1994) College & Research Library News.
‘ESTC expands, changes its name’.(Spring, 1994). The Research Libraries Groups News Issue 34. Gould, Connie. (June, 1994). ‘ESTC expands scope’, RLIN Focus, Issue 8.
Bloomberg-Rissman, John.(August, 1994). ‘New RLIN SER records for Thomason Tracts microfilm’, RLIN Focus, issue 9.
O’Brien, Pat. (April 12, 1996). AUCR projects get $1.65 million in grants’ The Press Enterprise.
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