March 4, 1998



The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia is pleased to announce a major new website for literary study, textual scholarship, and bibliographical analysis, which can be accessed on the Internet at

In addition to information about the society, visitors will find several large electronic text resources.

In celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, the Bibliographical Society has made freely available in electronic form the first forty-nine volumes of its flagship journal, "Studies in Bibliography", a premier publication of bibliographical studies worldwide. Users may search the entire contents of all the volumes published 1948-1996, making this a valuable resource for scholars, teachers, and research institutions alike.

"Studies in Bibliography" is "a virtual encyclopedia of scholarly work on the history of books and editing over the past 50 years," according to Thomas Tanselle, President of the Society and Vice President of the Guggenheim Foundation. The online database will serve a wide variety of pedagogical and research needs, reaching audiences who do not now have ready access to the print versions:

According to David L. Vander Meulen, editor of "Studies in Bibliography", the project "honors the Society's mission to advance bibliographical and textual scholarship, both by making existing materials accessible in new and helpful ways and by providing a model for the retrospective conversion of journals in the humanities."

Other notable electronic publications available at the Society's site include "Shakespearean Prompt-Books of the Seventeenth Century" and "Attributions of Authorship in the Gentleman's Magazine, 1731-1868".

also as a single, searchable database containing well over 5,000 attributions of authorship for this popular magazine.

The entire site is accessible to users at no cost. The website is created and maintained by the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia
Library. Questions and comments may be addressed to the Electronic Text Center
at or (804) 924-3230, or to the Bibliographical Society at
(804) 924-7013.