Book Traces Interview on CBC

NINES Director Andrew Stauffer recently gave an interview about Book Traces for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Check out the interview here, and be sure to upload any exciting finds you find in your circulating library at Book Traces!

Book Traces: In the Leaves

As we start to get a critical mass of submissions to Book Traces, we can start to notice some interesting trends among clusters of submissions. A number of the posts note plants pressed between their pages:

In some cases, the plants might have made an easy bookmark when reading outside. In others, they must have made handy reference materials to correspond with the scientific discussion on the pages. What other reader behaviors might the practice suggest? And what other trends have you noticed among the many submissions that we’ve started to collect?

Palgrave Pivot Series on “The Digital Nineteenth Century”

NINES is very excited to announce that NINES Director Andrew M. Stauffer has partnered with Palgrave to edit a short-form monograph series on “The Digital Nineteenth Century.” The call for submissions is below. For proposals, please contact Andrew Stauffer at

The proposed Palgrave Pivot series, “The Digital Nineteenth Century,” will publish short-form monographs (30 – 50,000 words) on topics at the intersection of nineteenth-century studies and the digital humanities. Partnering with the NINES Center (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) at the University of Virginia, this series will be retrospective and prospective, involving not only explications of digital projects and theoretical considerations of methods, results, rhetorics, and audiences, but also projections that chart a course for future work. The series will also include free-standing titles for scholars throughout the world not tied to a specific digital project, but rather synoptic studies of a particular method, approach, or thematic in digital nineteenth-century studies. The series aims to provide a growing archival record of the digital nineteenth century across the years.

Andrew M. Stauffer is Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he has served as Director of the NINES project since 2008. He is a member of the faculty of the Rare Book School, the author of Anger, Revolution, and Romanticism (Cambridge UP, 2005), and the editor of works by Robert Browning (Norton, 2006) and H. Rider Haggard (Broadview, 2006). He has served as PI on digital humanities grants from the NEH (IATDH, 2011-2012) and Google, Inc. (2012), and was recently named Distinguished Pinetree Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at CUNY (2014-15) under the topic, “The Future of the Book in the Digital Age.” He is the President of the Byron Society of America, and a member of the executive committee of The Society for Textual Scholarship. He also serves on advisory boards for the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Association, the Victorians Institute, the Byron Journal, and the Wordsworth Circle.


Botany Book Trace of the Week

There have been lots of interesting submissions on lately! One book trace, in particular, stands out for as evidence of its past use. Submitted by Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, the copy of Gray’s School and Field Book of Botany shows small plant samples pressed between its pages. Perhaps a past student felt moved to place examples for close study alongside the text?

Collating Wikipedia

FiveThirtyEight has put together a list of the 100 most edited Wikipedia articles, a marvelous occasion to take advantage of the Juxta Commons wikipedia API. Collate away on one of these controversial Wikipedia articles!

NINES in the News: Jerome McGann and Ryan Cordell

NINES in the news!

Jerome McGann, NINES founder and former director, was recently elected to the prestigious American Philosophical Society. The full press release cites McGann’s storied career and pioneering digital humanities scholarship, and he joins such illustrious society members as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Marie Curie, and Robert Frost. Read the local announcement here.

American editorial board co-head Ryan Cordell won the ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize for his work on American periodicals in 2013. The award committee cited Ryan’s exceptionally lucid prose as well his remarkable work with Juxta in their comments, and you can read more about Ryan’s exciting work in the full announcement.

New Peer-Reviewed Resource: Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 8.31.06 AMNINES is pleased to announce the latest addition to our collection of peer-reviewed resources - Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts. Congratulations to Project Director Karen Bourrier and the entire team! The site is an interdisciplinary collection of primary texts and images about physical and cognitive disability in the long nineteenth century. The archive aims, in particular, to help university level instructors and students incorporate disabilities studies perspectives in their classes and scholarship by providing contextualized primary resources.

You can browse and search the new resources in NINES via this search. Be sure to explore the site itself as well.

Book Traces in Hyperallergic

Lovely article covering Book Traces for Hyperallergic by Allison C. Meier. Keep up the great work in the stacks, Book Traces team!

Book Traces in The Atlantic

There was a surge of new book submissions last week for! No better time to check out the recent and great article on the project in The Atlantic. Help us expand the search! We might never know about the treasures in our libraries without your help.

Book Traces in Chronicle

Book Traces, the latest NINES project out in circulation, had a nice write-up on the Wired Campus Blog by Jennifer Howard. The internet is humming with people searching the stacks to find unique copies of nineteenth-century books. Join the search!