Electronic Enlightenment Trial

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The Library has set up a trial to Oxford University Press’  Electronic Enlightenment through October 23, 2010. Please send your comments and suggestions to Claude Potts at cpotts[at]library.berkeley.edu. Here’s the publisher’s description of this scholarly research project of the Bodleian Library at Oxford:

With 58,058 letters and documents and 6,929 correspondents as of September 2010, EE is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.  Through EE you can see the ideas and concerns not only of thinkers and scholars, politicians and diplomats, but also butchers and housewives, servants and shopkeepers. With a wealth of personal detail revealed in these personal documents, you can explore as never before the relationships, correspondence networks and movement of ideas, the letters and lives of the early modern world.

Scholarship with added value

Drawn from the best available critical editions, EE is not simply an “electronic bookshelf” of isolated texts but a network of interconnected documents, allowing you to see the complex web of personal relationships in the early modern period and the making of the modern world.

But that’s not all. The EE team has created an ongoing program of expanding, linking and original scholarly research to give you thousands of newly-composed biographical notes and hundreds of thousands internal links and cross-references.
Current facts about Electronic Enlightenment

·         6,929 correspondents

·         44 nationalities from Europe, Asia & the Americas

·         671 occupations

·         58,058 letters and documents

·         Information on 54,664 manuscript and 36,206 early edition sources

·         251,515 scholarly annotations

·         11 languages, including English, French, German & Italian

·         1,386 links to and from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

·         External links to over 50 other online resources


·         Search correspondents by name or title, occupation, birth or death date & place

·         Search documents by writer or recipient, date or place

·         Search sources by country or archive

·         Full text search of all documents, sources and notes

·         Browse correspondents by surname, occupation or nationality

·         Browse documents by decade

·         Browse source editions by major author surname or publisher

·         Citation formats and citation searching for letters and people

·         Citation export to EndNote and RefManager bibliographic software

·         Printer-friendly layout — for letters, people and annotations

·         User-friendly help pages — context specific

Coming soon!

·         Searching for documents by gender of author or recipient

·         Social networking links for EE

·         Browsing by location of publisher of EE source editions

New Acquisitions Lists return!

New Acquisitions

After nearly two years without them due to the complex implementation of a new and improved integrated library system, new acquisitions lists are available once again.

Click on the links for French/Francophone , Iberian, and Italian Studies to view lists for each of these language and/or geographic designations. The news lists are updated daily and display all materials (except for journals) in UC Berkeley’s Doe, Moffitt, and Bancroft libraries cataloged (or re-cataloged) in the past 60 days, and are sorted by those most recently processed.

While the display is not conducive to browsing by subject, theme, or call number it does provide for a quick scan of some of the most recent titles and provides direct links to the live OskiCat records where availability can be checked.

Please keep in mind that this is the first iteration of these lists and they may be incomplete and could also be pulling in irrelevant titles while omitting relevant ones.  Theses lists are still very much a work in progress. Should you lose track of the URLs, permanent links to the lists can be found on the Collection pages for each of these three academic departments – French, Italian, and Spanish & Portuguese.

La Criee: periodiques en ligne

Interesting blog/directory that profiles online journals, mostly open access, in all languages from all over the world.  It’s browseable by language and subject. Just to list a few that are included: L’Esprit des journaux, Terminal: Technologie de l’information et societe, Anuari de la Societat Catalana de Filosofia, Pessoa: Revista de literatura lusofona, Revista Espanola de Sociologia, Etudes Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies, Quadeni del Dipartimento di Storia, etc.

See: http://periodiques.wordpress.com


Electronic Enlightenment

EE logo

Through a consortial license negotiated by the Center for Research Libraries and CIFNAL (the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections), the Library now has access to the Electronic Enlightenment published by Oxford University Press.

Electronic Enlightenment (or EE) now in its second iteration is a searchable and browseable database offering extensive access to the web of correspondence between the greatest thinkers and writers of the long eighteenth century and their families and friends, bankers and booksellers, patrons and publishers. Coverage includes letters and documents, document sources such as manuscripts and early printed editions, scholarly annotations, and links to biographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, and other online resources.

An Electronic Cabaret

Poetry and the Police (Harvard University Press, 2010.

Harvard University Press’ web site makes available a dozen of the many songs that could be heard everywhere in Paris at the time of the so-called 1749 “Affair of the Fourteen” – subject of Robert Darnton’s most recent book Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris. The lyrics have been transcribed from contemporary chansonniers, and their melodies, identified by the first lines or titles of the songs, come from eighteenth-century sources collected in the Département de musique of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. They have been recorded by Hélène Delavault, accompanied on the guitar by Claude Pavy and provide an audio supplement to Darnton’s amusing inquiry into the infamous police crackdown on ordinary citizens for unauthorized poetry recitals during the reign of Louis XV. Click here to listen to An Electronic Cabaret: Paris Street Songs, 1748-50.

Catalan language & literature


, or the Base de dadas de llengua i literatura catalanes, is a freely accessible bibliographical database that collocates much of what has been published on Catalan language and literature. The TRACES project was created in 1987 by the Grup d’Estudis de Literatura Catalana Contemporania (GELCC) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). With a searchable interface in Catalan, Spanish, or Catalan, it includes to date more than 74,000 records for monographs, literary and cultural journals, news sources, dissertations, and more. For full-text access to many of the articles cited, one might try RACO – an open access repository of mostly Catalan (and some Spanish) full-text scholarly journals.



AIDA Online

The Library now subscribes to the online bibliography Articoli italiani di periodici accademici (AIDA) which provides citations to more than 219,800 articles from 1,388 Italian periodicals since 1997. Publications from the entire spectrum of the humanities and the social sciences, including peripheral disciplines, are covered. The collaboration of Italian librarians ensures that the journals evaluated provide a representative selection of the current scholarly literature in the humanities and all related fields. AIDA Online is not simply an extract from the IBZ but an ideal supplement to it. Each entry includes information on author, title, subject (in German, English, Italian), journal title, subtitle (year of publication, volume, issue, page number), ISSN, publisher, box number of union catalogue and the Italian catalogue of journals, ZDB-ID, holdings of Italian libraries. Click here for the complete list of titles indexed in AIDA.

We are grateful to UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies for providing first-year support for the acquisition of this electronic resource that provides a useful point of access to Italian periodicals in both print and digital formats.

Free-books via Editorial Catedra

 Antología de prosa lírica por Juan Ramón Jiménez (Madrid: Catédra, 2007)

Spanish publisher Cátedra has launched  Biblioteca Digital Cátedra which provides free access for a trial period to approximately 50 titles from its back list and that are difficult to find in print. This digital collection is aimed primarily towards the academic community and includes selections from the following important monographic series: Crítica y Estudios literarios, Historia, Arte o Teorema, as well as Letras Hispánicas and Letras Universales.

This first installment of the online book collection includes works by Juan Ramón Jiménez,  Emilio Alarcos Yvancos Pozuelo, Lope de Vega, Carmen Martin Gaite, and others.

Guide to Italian Literature

Dante and Virgil and souls before the gate of Dis. Canto IX, 14th century.

Modeled after the Guide for French and Francophone Literature, this new Research Guide for Italian Literature is a starting point for research on Italian literature in the UC Berkeley Library. For additional resources in all formats including e-books, please explore related LCSH subject headings in OskiCat or browse the shelves near the relevant call numbers supplied in this bibliography.

The guide is lengthy (19 pages) but is sub-divided as follows: General Guides and Literary Histories, Italian Language Dictionaries, Manuals and Guides to Literary Theory and Criticism, Poetry, Theater, Guides by Literary Period: Middle Ages, Dante Studies, The Renaissance, 17th century, 18th-19th centuries, and 20th-21st centuries. Bookmarks on the left (viewable in most web browsers) allow one to skip through the PDF file rather easily in locating a specific section.

While links to some electronic resources are provided, the Italian Studies subject grouping in the Library’s Electronic Resources Finder contains the most current digital resources available and should be consulted when using this guide to what are, for the most part, printed books.

The subject guide includes works by many Italian Studies faculty as well as noteworthy tools such as:


Bibliotheque Bleue Texts Digitized

La plaisante et triomphante histoire des hauts et cheualeureux faicts d'armes, du tres-puissant & tres-magnanime, & tres-victorieux Prince Meliadus (Troyes, 1612).

Thirty-two texts of popular French literature from the Bancroft Library’s collection of Bibliothèque Bleue de Troyes have recently been digitized and added to ARTFL’s Bibliothèque Bleue Online. Hosted by the University of Chicago, the openly accessible database of now 284 separate livrets (booklets) comprises a single searchable corpus for a representative portion of the vast publishing enterprise which was started by printer-bookseller Nicolas Oudot in the early 17th century in Troyes and quickly spread across Western Europe and flourished through the middle of the 19th century. While the length of the texts are usually quite brief and the content varies considerably, they were always aimed at popular consumption. ARTFL’s database, powered by PhiloLogic, includes both the searchable text as well as the digital facsimiles of the often badly worn and cheaply produced chapbooks, which were typically covered in bleue (blue) sugar paper wrappers.

The Bibliothèque Bleue represents a long and storied tradition in popular French print culture. Spanning more than 250 years and involving the publication of mass-produced, inexpensive books that were sold for pennies by colporteurs (peddlers), it comprised texts ranging from the practical (recipes, almanacs, and how-to books) to the pious (hagiographies, prayer books, and other religious instruction) and to the entertaining (fiction, chivalresque romances, songbooks, burlesque), and provides a unique insight into the popular culture of France. The most significant collection (some 2570 volumes) of Bibliothèque Bleue material resides at the Médiathèque du Grand Troyes, whose initial digitization efforts form the basis of the Bibliothèque Bleue Online.

The bulk of the Bancroft’s 92 Bibliothèque Bleue texts were acquired by rare books curator Tony Bliss in the mid-1990s. See The Berkeleyan article from 8/27/97 titled “The Old, The Rare, and the Trashy.” The catalog records for each physical artifact (often bound in the same volume) can be located in OskiCat by searching the title phrase “Bibliothèque bleue (Troyes, France)” or by going directly to the collection entry record which collocates all 45 volumes. Texts chosen for inclusion, a project of the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL), do not duplicate those already contained in ARTFL’s Bibliothèque Bleue Online.

This modest digitization project of approximately 2500 pages of once commonplace yet now scarce historical material involved more people than one might imagine, and plans are underway to add a few more Bancroft texts as well as make the UC Berkeley texts available on the California Digital Library’s Calisphere for even broader use and discovery. This collaborative project would not have been possible without the assistance and support of Tony Bliss, Chuck Eckman, Mary Elings, David Kessler, Steve Mendoza, Charles Stewart, Robert Byler, Randy Brandt, Susan Snyder, Lorna Kirwan, Lynne Grigsby, Sarah Sussman, and the entire team at ARTFL.

Mareschal expert, traitant du naturel, & des marques des beaux & bons chevaux, de leurs maladies & remedes d'icelles. (Troyes, 1781)
Beaugrand, Nicolas [1731]. Mareschal expert,
traitant du naturel, & des marques des beaux
& bons chevaux, de leurs maladies & remedes d’icelles.
Par feu N. Baugrand Augmente d’une seconde partie,
contenant plusieurs recepées tres aprouvées du Sieur de l’Espinet
sic (La Veuve de J. Oudot & J. Oudot, Troyes)

See also:


Andriès, Lise. La Bibliothèque bleue: littérature de colportage. Paris: R. Laffont, 2003.
Main Stacks PQ1125 .A537 2003


La Bible Bleue: Anthologie d’une Littérature “populaire.” / Geneviëve Bollëme; appendice et index ëtablis par Nora Scott. Paris: Flammarion, 1975.
Main Stacks PQ801 .B37

La Bibliothèque bleue et les littératures de colportage. Actes du colloque organisé par la Bibliothèque Municipale à vocation régionale de Troyes en collaboration avec l’École nationale des Chartes, Troyes, 12-13 Novembre 1999 / Réunis par Thierry Delcourt et Elisabeth Parinet. Paris: École des chartes, 2000.
Main Stacks PQ1276.P62 B435 2000

Catalogue descriptif de la Bibliothèque bleue de Troyes (almanachs exclus) / Alfred Morin. Genève: Droz, 1974.
Bancroft Reference Z4.A1 H58 v.7

Martin, Henri-Jean, “The Bibliothèque Bleue: Literature for the Masses in the Ancien Régime,” Publishing History 3 (1978): 70-102.

Sussman, Sarah, “The Bibliothèque Bleue Online: CIFNAL’s First Collaborative Project,” Focus on Global Resources, 28: 3 (Spring 2009).