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Addition to the Jerome McGann papers-Rossetti Archives and NINES records

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2021-0074

Content Description

This collection contains an addition to Jerome McGann papers (MSS 15427) which document the research and work on the Rossetti Archive and the Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship (NINES) projects. The Rossetti Archive was an important early digital humanities project that began in 1993 and was completed in 2008. This project sought to bring together the pictorial, textual, and also contextual writing from the period of the nineteenth-century English poet and artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Boxes 1 and 2 of the collection are mainly comprised of mail and printed emails between staff and librarians from other institutions around the world and McGann about the project. Box 3, contains correspondence but largely contains annotations and notes of Rossetti manuscripts. Box 4 contains correspondence, notes on manuscripts, and four unbound binders about technical proofing. Box 5 of the collection holds annotated images and documentation of Rossetti manuscripts and art in addition to one unbound binder on RAW samples and templates. Box 6 contains further manuscripts with coding information, along with an unbound binder of photo slides. Boxes 7 to 10 contain approximately 152 CDs, 31 floppy disks, 12 containers of slide decks, 4 binders of slide decks, and 3 tapes related to the work creating the Rossetti Archive.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Jerome McGann, 14 December 2020.

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

This collection is minimally processed and open for research. In addition,original digital media (floppy disks, zip disks, thumb drives, etc.) cannot be handled directly by patrons. Please contact Special Collections via our online Reference Request form,, to request access to these materials. Please be aware that additional actions may be required to make these items available. Items will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis before access can be made. Depending on the size of the request, it may take some time to make them available for use.


  • Creation: Circa 1993 - 2008



10 Cubic Feet (10 cubic boxes )

106.44464 Gigabytes (152 CDs, 31 floppy disks)


10 boxes of material

  • Box 1 mostly oversized rolled xeroxed copies from the British Museum (not a completely full box) Box 2 Primarily photocopies of texts from Blake, Rossetti, Scrittori Del Primo Secolo; as well as secondary literature (no annotations) and a small set of duplicates of blank RAP proofing Checklist (a representative sample has been kept) in the collection Box 3 primarily photocopies from universities and institutions of their collection material including several folders from Duke, Yale, the Chicago Art Institute, National Trust (Great Britain) among others. also, some print outs from the Rossetti Archive (no annotation) and Wikipedia.