Literary Print Culture: The Stationers’ Company Archive, 1554-2007, an essential collection of primary sources for studying the history of the book, publishing history, the history of copyright, and the workings of an early London livery company, is now available through WU Libraries. This important resource was a gift of the Rudin English and American Literature Collection Fund, made possible by Eric and Fiona Rudin.
Literary Print Culture, sourced from the archive of The Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers, also includes a wealth of material for exploring search and seizure and the history of the City of London.
The well-indexed documents can be browsed or searched by a variety of criteria, including title, date, subject, or document type– financial, trade, court, and membership documents are a just a few of the many types of searchable records. Founding charters and grants of the era are also included. The recorded interviews with members of the Stationers’ Company reveal how the Company changed over time and bring other perspectives to this collection.
In addition to a wealth of primary sources, this collection also provides context with secondary sources. Essays from leading scholars explore the archival material and offer necessary background knowledge. Students may find these contextual essays and the Glossary of Terms especially helpful.
Some advanced visual and search attributes include split-screen capability, handwritten text recognition, and several document view modes.
Adam Matthew, the publisher, has created intuitive tools to help the both the novice and expert researcher take advantage of the many features built into this rich resource. Try the informative Tour to get oriented.
Finally, the teaching resources section includes directions for using Literary Print Culture in courses seamlessly:
- Creating static links to specific documents
- Attaching documents to assignments
- Adhering to copyright and fair use guidelines
- Using elements of the collection in Canvas course pages
All Adam Matthew databases include a teaching resources section and are organized similarly, i.e. with contextual essays written by scholars, a tour and other resources for understanding how to use the database, a glossary, external links, and of course the primary documents and images themselves.