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Humanist Archives: July 24, 2019, 7:22 a.m. Humanist 33.148 - early history of 18C Collections Online?

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 148.
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        Date: 2019-07-19 07:46:31+00:00
        From: Stephen Gregg 
        Subject: Filming the Eighteenth century Short Title Catalogue

Dear list
I'm currently researching the history of Gale's database,
Eighteenth-Century Collections Online, for a book on that topic for
Cambridge University Press. The book intends to start with the 18thC STC,
go through its microfilming, then its development as a database and
digitization (and the subsequent developments and licensing such as the
TCP, JISC, and print-on-demand).

My hope is to include some first-hand accounts from people involved in
these various stages (aside from Gale), so this is a call out to contact me
if you have been involved or know anyone.

As you can imagine, trying to find anyone still around is a challenge,
particularly from the microfilming stage, which took place from 1982 to the
early 2000s. So I'm hoping the list might be able to help me contact anyone
who might have been involved with the microfilming of the ESTC; for
example, from the ESTC team, or someone who worked for the filming vendors
(Research Publications Inc; later Primary Source Media), or librarians who
experienced their collections being filmed.

Many thanks,
Dr Stephen H. Gregg, FHEA
Programme Coordinator: English Literature
School of Humanities
Bath Spa University
Making Books Research Centre

Twitter: @gregg_sh 
Blog: shgregg.com
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