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The Thomas Gray Archive is currently updated as and when new resources are developed and new projects are launched. In between these major updates, versioned corrections and revisions of the pages take place continuously. Please subscribe to our RSS feed or join us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter to receive the latest news and updates.

Revision history of this Website

  • Thomas Gray Archive: Autumn 2018 update
    • We have made a number of improvements to the letters database, among them the addition of markers in the full-text to highlight the existence of textual and/or editorial notes in print editions (direct links to the print editions are available at the bottom of the record panel of the letters), as well as the addition of further subject indices to the search interface (poems, authors, and places referred to in the letters). To add your own notes/queries to the letters (subject to the usual peer review process), simply click on any word or highlight a selection (this annotation feature is available for all full-texts in the Archive).
    • As always, please pass on any feedback, ideas, or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: Spring 2018 update
    • Delighted to announce the completion of our Gray's "Elegy" in translation-project (phase I: 1751-1805). 57 translations in eleven languages, all marked up in TEI/XML, are now ready for exploration and comparative study. The project home page has links to all the translations, a complete bibliography, further information on the project, a help page, and a list of lacunae. Please send any feedback about the usability of the interface or suggestions for improvements, additions, or collaboration to the editor.
    • The Thomas Gray Archive is now also listed as a dataset in the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA).
    • As always, please pass on any feedback, ideas, or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.

  • Thomas Gray Archive: Autumn 2017 update
    • Our Gray's "Elegy" in translation-project (phase I: 1751-1805) is taking shape: 58 translations (46 of which in verse) in eleven languages (Danish, French, German, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Welsh) all marked up in TEI/XML. Between now and April we will be concentrating on the user interface, including dynamic side-by-side display, an annotation, editing, and translation tool, and the integration of external services supporting comparative analysis. Please take a look at our updated project description.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback, ideas, or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: Spring 2017 update
    • We are delighted to announce the start of a new 12-month project at the Thomas Gray Archive: Gray's "Elegy" in translation. The aim of this project is to trace the reception and impact of Gray's most famous poem, the "Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard" (1751), in a number of languages and national literatures.
    • We have simplified the way notes and queries can be added to the poems in the Thomas Gray Archive. You can add notes or queries to any part of the poetic text by simply clicking on the line in question and filling in the annotations form with your details. All contributions will continue to be submitted to the editor in the first instance for review.
    • All data supporting this research are now also available for download from our GitHub page.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback, ideas, or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.

  • Thomas Gray Archive: Winter 2016 update
    • We have completed the Digital edition of Thomas Gray's letters project. Gray's correspondence is now available in a new standards-based full-text edition. The new edition includes improvements to the bibliographic records, such as consistent recording of postmarks, locations of authors and addressees, and updated information on people, locations, and events mentioned.
    • We have shared the metadata of our new full-text letters edition with correspSearch, a project of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. correspSearch is a standards-based search interface to a growing number of scholarly editions of letters.
    • Gray's English poems are now also available in the newly launched Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive, which includes a wealth of analytical results across multiple layers (phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic).
    • In celebration of the tercentenary of Gray's birth, we have given our Website a facelift with a few updates, but no changes in functionality. Let us know what you think!
    • As always, please pass on any feedback, ideas, or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.

  • Thomas Gray Archive: Winter 2015 update
    • We have started work on the new digital edition of Gray's letters (based on the new TEI/XML guidelines for encoding correspondences). Alongside the availability of full-text for all letters, the new edition will also include improvements to the records, such as consistent recording of postmarks, locations of authors and addressees, and updated information on people, locations, and events mentioned.
    • We have added a Gray at 300 section on the home page, where we will post any news about events, talks, and exhibitions celebrating Gray's enduring legacy during the 2016 tercentenary year.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback, ideas, or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: Autumn 2015 update
    • With Gray's 300th birthday approaching fast, we have been making our own preparations to celebrate his lasting legacy over the course of next year. Here is what we have planned so far:
    • All external links on the Related Links page have been verified.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback, ideas, or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: Summer 2015 update
    • We are pleased to announce the completion of our collaborative project with the Cultures of Knowledge research project. The aim of the project was to make the Archive's calendar of Gray's correspondence discoverable and usable in the Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) union catalogue of correspondence from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Gray's correspondence is now available in EMLO and he will be joined over the coming year by numerous other eighteenth-century correspondents.
    • The Archive's Gray bibliography has been updated.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback, ideas, or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: Spring 2015 update
    • Looking back: This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Thomas Gray Archive, which was launched after a nine months project phase on 15 November 2000. Six completed projects and almost 60 quarterly updates later, the Archive's mission to facilitate and support the study, research, and teaching of Gray's life and works remains central to our work. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank colleagues here at Oxford and elsewhere and our many visitors worldwide for their continuing support and contributions.
    • Looking ahead: 2016 will mark the 300th birthday of the poet Thomas Gray, who was born on 26 December 1716. There have already been notable successes in the run-up to the 2016 tercentenary: the Stoke Poges Society has successfully secured funding to restore Gray's tomb and monument in Stoke Poges and is running an annual poetry competition to celebrate Gray's lasting legacy. Events, celebrations, and exhibitions are also planned in Cambridge and London. At the Archive we are preparing a project that aims to enhance access to Gray's Nachlass.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback, ideas, or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.

  • Thomas Gray Archive: December 2014 update
  • Thomas Gray Archive: September 2014 update
    • We have added two early Scottish editions of Gray's collected Poems, first published in 1768, to the Archive's digital library:
    • The Archive's Gray bibliography has been updated. New related links added and all links verified.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: June 2014 update
    • We have added the three earliest Irish editions of Gray's collected Poems, first published by James Dodsley (London) and Robert and Andrew Foulis (Glasgow) in 1768, to the Archive's digital library:
    • In the context of the Close reading Gray, digitally project, we have been collaborating with the Oxford Visual Informatics Lab (OVii) to include Gray's English poems in their Poem Viewer visualization service. The poems are now permanently available in the tool (e.g. Gray's Elegy). We have also added links to the Poem Viewer visualizations on the poems' pages in the Archive.
    • New related links added and all links verified.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to the Archive's RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: March 2014 update
    • The Archive's copy of the two-volume third edition of William Mason's Memoirs (1807) has been added to the digital library. It joins SUB Göttingen's copy of a first edition (1775) already available.
    • Half-way through the Close reading Gray, digitally project (a more detailed update is available there), the main focus of work has been on the workflows that facilitate the representation, integration, and exchangeability of a heterogeneous, multi-layered body of linguistic features derived from Gray's poems. We have also begun work on the automatic detection of a number of rhetorical figures, starting with phonological and morphological ones.
    • The Archive's Gray bibliography has been updated. New related links added and all links verified.
    • Two reviews of the Archive have recently been published:
      • Parker, Kate. "Poetry Archives on the Web: Thomas Gray Archive, The Poetry of the Gentleman's Magazine, 1731-1800: An Electronic Database of Titles, Authors, and First Lines, and The Poetess Archive". ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 3.2 (November 2013): article 6. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. <http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/abo/vol3/iss2/6>
      • Wilkinson, Hazel. "Thomas Gray Archive". Criticks. British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), 23 Feb. 2014. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. <http://www.bsecs.org.uk/criticks-reviews/thomas-gray-archive/>
    • As always, please pass on any feedback or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow the Archive on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to its RSS feed for the latest updates. See also the complete revision and update history.

  • Thomas Gray Archive: Quarterly update (December 2013)
    • We have made two new additions to the Archive's digital library: Robert Dodsley's anonymously published 1747 edition (ESTC T41948) of Gray's Eton ode in full-text and Thomas Kirgate's reprint (1797?, ESTC N13888) of David Garrick's complimentary verses To Mr. Gray, on his Odes, first published anonymously in the London Chronicle for Oct. 1 1757 and printed by Walpole at Strawberry Hill on Oct. 17 1757 (60 copies), also in full-text.
    • We have embarked on a new collaboration with the Cultures of Knowledge research project. The aim is to make the Archive's calendar of Gray's correspondence discoverable and usable in the project's Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) union catalogue of correspondence from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. We will post any updates on our social media feeds.
    • One third of the way through our Close reading Gray, digitally project, we have already completed a number of important tasks, including the prosodic analysis and classification of poetic form of Gray's English poems, the application of several NLP tasks, and the phonetic transcription of the poems. These are essential steps towards a computationally facilitated analysis of rhythm and poetic foregrounding, tropes and figures, sonic patterns, clusters, and breaking points, and various visualization options for our findings.
    • The Archive's Gray bibliography has been updated. New related links added and all links verified.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback or suggestions to the editor. Or why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or subscribe to our RSS feed for the latest updates. If you are attending the 43rd Annual BSECS conference, 8th-10th January 2014, St. Hugh's College, Oxford, feel free to get in touch with the editor to arrange a meeting.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: Quarterly update (September 2013)
    • The Archive's copy of an Eton College presentation volume of Poems and Letters by Thomas Gray (1879 [1st ed. 1863]) has been added to the digital library. The volume is prefixed with a presentation leaf dated 1884 and signed by James John Hornby, Head Master of Eton College (1868-1884).
    • A list of projects that are planned, underway or have been completed at the Thomas Gray Archive is now available. It includes a description of our latest project, Close reading Gray, digitally. We will also post regular updates on our social media feeds.
    • The Archive's finding aid and Gray bibliography have been updated. All related links have been verified.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback or suggestions to the editor. If you are attending the Bill Overton Memorial Conference on Eighteenth-Century Poetry, 18-19 September 2013, Loughborough University, please feel free to get in touch with the editor to arrange a meeting.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: Quarterly update (June 2013)
  • Thomas Gray Archive: Quarterly update (March 2013)
    • The Archive's copy of Thomas James Mathias' two-volume edition of The Works of Thomas Gray (1814) is available in the digital library. The bibliographies of the letters included in the edition have been updated in the letters section. The prose works first printed in vol. 2 of the edition have been added to the prose works section.
    • Two new manuscripts from the Folger Shakespeare Library have been added to the Archive's finding aid. Nine work and manuscript records have been updated.
    • An image of the plaque outside 39 Cornhill, London, erected in 1918 to the memory of Thomas Gray has been added to the gallery. The plaque was sculpted by F. W. Pomeroy (1856-1924) in 1917.
    • The Archive's Gray bibliography and links to related resources have been updated.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback or suggestions to the editor.

  • Thomas Gray Archive: Quarterly update (December 2012)
    • The Archive's copy of Richard Bentley's Designs (1753), a second edition according to Hazen, 42 (ESTC T75219), is available in the digital library. This full-colour version joins the black&white version of the Bodleian's copy of a first edition already available.
    • The Archive's Gray bibliography has been updated. In addition to the six-page version organised by type of publication, there are now also two single-page versions, sorted by year of publication and alphabetically by author/editor respectively.
    • We have made a few accessibility improvements to the Archive Website: a site-wide main navigation skip link has been introduced; the poems pages have been tidied and line-to-line skip links have been added to the notes & queries versions.
    • Details of our new collaboration with the Bodleian's Electronic Enlightenment Project are now available. The project's metadata on Gray's correspondence has been enriched with information taken from the Archive's correspondence calendar.
    • As always, please pass on any feedback or suggestions to the editor. If you are attending the 42nd Annual BSECS conference, 3rd-5th January 2013, St. Hugh's College, Oxford, please feel free to get in touch with the editor to arrange a meeting.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: Quarterly update (September 2012)
    • The Thomas Gray Archive is pleased to announce the completed redesign of its Website. The new design puts the user at the centre, and presents the content accessibly via a number of different routes. The wealth of content provided by the Archive is now much more visible. We hope many more users will discover features such as the notes & queries, finding aid, and digital library. The main areas of improvements include:
      • prominent placement of navigation aids;
      • redesigned layout for increased readability;
      • intuitive and responsive digital library interface;
      • simplified access to notes & queries;
      • full-text of letters prominently displayed;
      • cross-referencing between primary and secondary content.
      There is also a revised About section that comprises aims and objectives, history, funding, methodology, output and dissemination, copyright and citation guide, use and privacy policy, acknowledgements, and contact information.
    • Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like guidance or have feedback on specific aspects of content or functionality which are different on the new Website.
  • Thomas Gray Archive: Quarterly update (June 2012)
  • 1 March 2012:
    • High quality digital images of the four Gray MS letters (ID 0457, 0468, 0599, 0638) held by the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, have been added to the digital library. John Sharpe's edition in two volumes of The Letters of Thomas Gray (1819), printed in London by T. Davison, is available in the same section. The correspondence calendar has been updated to reflect these additions. Vols. 13/14 of the recently published digital version of The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence (1937-83) have been added to the letters' bibliographies. All related links verified.

  • 8 December 2011:
    • High quality digital images of the eight literary Gray MSS (MS 0002, 0006, 0107, 0153, 0242, 0243, 0244, 0245) held by The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, have been added to the digital library. The MSS' records in the finding aid have been updated accordingly. All related links verified.
    • The Archive editor will be attending the 41st Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), 4th-6th January 2012, St. Hugh's College, Oxford. He will be glad to meet and discuss future developments informally.
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  • 6 December 2010:
    • The illustrated 1775 edition Poems by Mr. Gray (ESTC T59850), printed in Dublin by William Sleater, has been added to the printed works section in the digital library. The Archive bibliography, the glossary of personal names, and the help pages have been updated, all related links have been verified.
    • The Thomas Gray Archive celebrated its 10th birthday on 15th November 2010. Founded as a research project at the Göttingen State and University Library, the Archive was launched after a nine-month development period on 15th November 2000 and has been continually developed since. In 2002 the Archive moved (with its co-founder and editor) to its current home institution, The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Read more about the Archive's history and, as always, help shape its future by sending any feedback, contributions, and suggestions to the editor.
    • The Archive editor will be attending the 40th Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), 5th-7th January 2011, St. Hugh's College, Oxford. He will be glad to meet and discuss future developments informally.
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  • 1 March 2010:
    • The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray (1805), published in London by W. Suttaby and C. Corral, has been added to the printed works section in the digital library. The full description of dateable letters in the correspondence calendar now also includes a monthly calendar. The Archive bibliography has been updated, a "Bookmark & Share"-button is now displayed in the "You are here"-navigation bar on all pages, all links verified.

  • 2 December 2009:
    • The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray (1798), printed in London for Ann Lemoine, is available in the printed works section in the digital library. Several updates in the Archive's correspondence calendar. The Site history has been moved to its own Webpage, all links verified.
    • The Archive editor will be attending the 39th Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), 5th-7th January 2010, St. Hugh's College, Oxford. He will be glad to meet and discuss future developments informally.
  • 3 September 2009:
    • John Mitford's five volume edition of The Works of Thomas Gray (1835-43) joins the printed works section in the digital library. This is an extended and updated version of the two volume edition published in 1816, which represented the first attempt at an accurate edition of Gray's poems and also made available a number of previously unpublished letters. The bibliographies of the letters included in the five volume edition have been updated in the Archive's correspondence calendar. Bibliography updated, all links verified.
    • The Archive editor will be attending the "Johnson at 300" conference, 14th-18th September 2009, Pembroke College, Oxford. He will be glad to meet and discuss future developments informally.
  • 1 June 2009:
    • Poems by Mr Gray (1771), printed in London for B. Long and T. Pridden, has been added to the printed works section of the digital library. All out-of-copyright print editions held by the Archive are available for download (PDF) in the same section. All links verified.
  • 2 March 2009:
    • Stephen Jones's 1799 and 1800 editions of The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray, LL.B. are available in the printed works section of the digital library. The editions comprised 42 of Gray's poems, contemporary translations of his works, additional contextual materials, and nine pieces composed to Gray's memory. Several enhancements made to the finding aid (see its revision history), two Stoke Poges photos added to the "places and maps" part of the gallery, all links verified.

  • 1 December 2008:
    • John Mitford's important early edition of The Works of Thomas Gray (1816) joins the printed works section in the digital library. The two-volume edition, later expanded to five volumes, represented the first attempt at an accurate edition of Gray's poems and also made available a number of previously unpublished letters. The bibliographies of the letters included in the Mitford edition have been updated in the Archive's correspondence calendar. Bibliography updated, two Stoke Poges photos added to the "places and maps" part of the gallery, digital library showcase expanded, all links verified.
    • The Archive editor will be attending the 38th Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), 6th-8th January 2009, St. Hugh's College, Oxford. He will be glad to meet and discuss future developments informally.
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  • 2 June 2008:
    • A digital facsimile of and updated record for Gray's letter to James Brown, dated 25 October 1760, announcing the death of King George II, is available on the letters page. E. B. Greene's The Latin Odes of Mr. Gray, in English verse, with An Ode on the Death of a favorite Spaniel (1775), comprising translations of four Latin poems ("Ad C: Favonium Aristium", "[Alcaic Fragment]", "Ad C: Favonium Zephyrinum", "[Alcaic Ode]") and a parody of the "Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat", joins the printed works in the digital library. Two Stoke Poges photos added to the "places and maps" part of the gallery, all links verified.
    • Information on updates to the Archive can now be received by subscribing to the Archive's news feed. From 1 July 2008 monthly Website statistics will be provided by Google Analytics, all log files from the Archive's US and UK servers will continue to be archived.
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  • 7 December 2006:
    • An EAD-based, integrated finding aid to Thomas Gray manuscripts, initially focusing on poetry MSS, is available in the Primary Texts section. C[harles]. W[right].'s annotated A Catalogue, briefly descriptive, of Various Books, and Original Manuscripts, of The Poet Gray for the 1851 auction of Gray's books and manuscripts has been added to the bibliography page. One photo added to the gallery, all links verified.
    • [Britannica Internet Guide Selection] The Thomas Gray Archive has recently "been approved as a Britannica iGuide site" by the editorial team of the Encyclopædia Britannica Online, and, in order to supplement their own content, will be presented as a recommended resource for their online readers.
    • The Archive editor will be attending the 36th Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), 3rd-5th January 2007, St. Hugh's College, Oxford. He will be happy to discuss future developments informally.
    • The Archive's US server has been moved to a new platform running FreeBSD (formerly running Linux).
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  • 8 December 2005:
    • A Parody on Gray's Elegy: by an Oxonian (1776), a pirated, slightly altered version of John Duncombe's anonymously published An Evening Contemplation in a College (1753), is available in the digital library. John Young's anonymously published A Criticism on the Elegy written in a Country Church Yard (1783) has been added to the criticism page. Two more photos added to the gallery, all links verified.
    • The Archive editor will be attending the 35th Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), 4th-6th January 2006, St. Hugh's College, Oxford. He will be available for discussion, to answer questions, and will be open to suggestions for future developments.
  • 13 October 2005:
    • Gray's The Candidate (1774?) joins the list of printed works in the digital library. Herbert W. Starr's standard work A Bibliography of Thomas Gray, 1917-1951 (1953) is available as a full-text searchable electronic edition on the bibliography page. Three more photos added to the gallery, all links verified.
    • The Thomas Gray Archive correspondence address has changed, please see the contacts page for details.
  • 5 August 2005:
    • Gray's Latin poetry is available on the poems page in the Primary Texts section, Latin concordance added to the concordance page. New prose works page established in the same section, dedicated to Gray's scholarly writing. C. S. Northup's edition of Essays and Criticisms by Thomas Gray (1911) is available as a full-text searchable electronic edition. Many updates in the correspondence calendar, 95 records added to the letters' bibliographies. Three additions to the "other 'lives'" part of the biography, three more photos added to the gallery, all links verified.
  • 9 June 2005:
    • John Bradshaw's edition of The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray: English and Latin (1891) is available as a full-text searchable electronic edition in the Primary Texts section. Gray's only surviving Greek poem "Inscription for a Wood in a Park" joins the edited poems in the same section. More than 150 notes added to the collaborative online commentary. Search Tool revised and moved near top of navigation. Criticism page re-arranged by subject, two more Stoke Poges photos added to the "places and maps" part of the gallery, all links verified.
  • 19 April 2005:
    • C. S. Northup's standard work A Bibliography of Thomas Gray (1917) is available as a full-text searchable electronic edition in the Materials section, minor improvements and revisions in several sections, two more Stoke Poges photos join the "places and maps" part of the gallery, all links verified.
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  • 6 December 2004:
    • Bell's edition of The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray (1782), which also contains a selection of Richard West's poetry, is available in the digital library. Minor changes and improvements in several sections, related links updated, all links verified.
    • The Thomas Gray Archive is pleased to announce the launch of its official UK server at http://www.thomasgray.org.uk/, hosted by the University of Oxford. Both the US and UK servers are updated simultaneously from the Archive's development server, their contents are identical. The Archive editor would like to thank Mr Dave Price, Head of the Systems and Electronic Resources Service at Oxford University, for his support throughout the installation period. See also the announcement on C18-L for this update.
    • The Archive editor will be attending the 34th Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), 6th-8th January 2005, St. Hugh's College, Oxford. He will be available for discussion, to answer questions, and will be open to suggestions for future developments.
  • 11 October 2004:
  • 18 August 2004:
    • New criticism page established in the Materials section, dedicated to research and teaching materials. Corpus word occurrences display and sorting added to the concordance, digital library pageturner interface modified (expanded titles, displays [missing numbers] in numbered page sequences, contents page images are browsable), synopsis of the "long 18th century" in the chronology is available as PDFs, two additions (Stoke Poges) to the "places and maps" part of the gallery, "favicon" created, all links verified.
  • 9 June 2004:
    • Two new glossaries of place names (TGN-based) and literary terms relevant to Gray's life and works have been added to the Materials section, all internal links in the Archive are now based on the structured vocabularies used. The chronology has been extended, the bibliography has been updated, all links have been verified.
  • 7 April 2004:
    • The collaborative online commentary is now searchable. This functionality is available from both the poem display pages (for individual texts) and the Archive search engine (for all annotated texts). Minor updates in several sections, general Website face-lift, all links verified.
  • 11 February 2004:
    • Extensive updates in the correspondence calendar, one addition to the "Gray's circle" part of the gallery (Walpole portrait). Brief project outline and history added to the general introduction in the help section, minor change to the user interface (internal and external link highlighting), all links verified.
    • [EDSitement] The Archive has recently been selected for inclusion on the NEH's EDSITEment website "as one of the best online resources for education in the humanities." The Archive was reviewed by both a peer review panel and a Blue Ribbon panel composed of educators and administrators in education organizations and higher education institutions. Both panels determined that the Archive met the EDSITEment criteria for "intellectual quality, content, design, and most importantly, classroom impact."

  • 15 December 2003:
    • A new letters page is available as part of the Primary Texts section, containing details of the correspondence to and from Thomas Gray. Several of Gray's correspondents added to the "Gray's circle" part of the gallery, a glossary of personal names (LCNAF-based) is available in the Materials section, all links verified.
    • The Archive editor will be attending the 33rd Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), 3rd-5th January 2004, St. Hugh's College, Oxford. He will be available for discussion, to answer questions, and will be open to suggestions for future developments.
  • 24 October 2003:
    • A browsable calendar to the correspondence of Thomas Gray is scheduled for publication in the Thomas Gray Archive before the end of the year. Minor corrections in the collaborative online commentary, all links verified.
    • The Thomas Gray Archive has recently been moved to a new server platform running Linux (formerly running FreeBSD).
  • 5 September 2003:
    • Designs by Mr. R. Bentley, for six poems by Mr. T. Gray (1753) is available in the digital library. Minor updates in most sections, all links verified.
  • 18 July 2003:
    • Gray's Odes (1757) is available in the digital library. Minor presentational changes (additional link highlighting) and corrections for consistency. The bibliography has been updated, all links have been verified.
  • 20 June 2003:
    • In the digital library, all images "containing" poems are now hyperlinked to both the corresponding sections of the Archive's electronic texts and the critical apparatus for the displayed passage (the latter via image maps). Minor updates in most sections. All links verified.
    • [OxTALENT Web Award] The Thomas Gray Archive has won the University of Oxford's 2003 OxTALENT award for innovative use of IT in Teaching and Learning in Humanities & Social Sciences. The Archive was reviewed by the OxTALENT interest group according to its evaluation criteria. The award ceremony took place at Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS) on 12 June 2003.
  • 12 May 2003:
    • Gray's An Elegy wrote in a Country Church Yard (1751) is available in the digital library. A complementary Synopsis of British Literature and Culture (1660-1830) has been added to the chronology page. Minor presentational changes for clarity. All links verified.
  • 11 April 2003:
    • New overview page added for Dodsley's A Collection of Poems (1765; 1st ed. 1748-1758). Minor changes in the concordance (word occurrences) for clarity. Minor updates in most sections. Sitemap added. New links added and all links verified.
    • The Thomas Gray Archive correspondence address has changed, please see the contacts page for details.
  • 13 February 2003:
    • Gray's Ode for Music (1769) is available in the digital library. Minor updates and clarifications in several sections, minor additions to the biographical sketch. All links verified.
  • 8 January 2003:
    • Gray's poems in vol. vi of Dodsley's A Collection of Poems (1748-1758) are available in the digital library. Minor change in the navigation structure for clarity. All links verified.

  • 4 November 2002:
    • All annotations are available in full-text. Website statistics are available online and will be updated monthly. Minor changes in the navigation structure for clarity. Level A Conformance to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 of the Archive Website has been established. Quick start links added to home page. Archive FAQ and About updated. All links have been re-assessed and verified.
  • 2 October 2002:
    • Gray's footnotes have been integrated into the searchable paratexts, thus eliminating a previous inconsistency. The bibliography has been updated, all links have been verified.
    • The Archive editor will be attending the 32nd Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), 3rd-5th January 2003, St. Hugh's College, Oxford. He will be available for discussion, to answer questions, and will be open to suggestions for future developments.
  • 19 August 2002:
    • Minor corrections and additions to the collaborative online commentary. The bibliography has been updated, all links have been verified.
  • 10 July 2002:
    • The digital library offers thumbnail previews of page images for all editions. Minor corrections in the collaborative online commentary, a few changes in the user interface. All links verified.
  • 17 May 2002:
    • The Website of the Thomas Gray Archive has been officially re-launched with all the new items announced on 22 February 2002 (see pilot and evaluation phase). The bibliography has been updated, all links have been verified. See also the H-Net and Humanist announcements for the re-launch of the Website.

Pilot and evaluation phase history

  • 6 April 2002:
    • More full-text additions to the collaborative online commentary. All links verified.
    • The Thomas Gray Archive correspondence address has changed, please see the contacts page for details.
  • 22 February 2002:
    • The Thomas Gray Archive has recently been relocated to Oxford, UK, and is currently being improved and enlarged. The new Archive will include:
      • Gray's complete English poetry online
      • A concordance of the complete English poetry
      • A digital library of important 18th century editions of Gray's poetry
      • Extended materials section, including many additions to the gallery
      • Improved help with new topics and Archive FAQ
      • New Website design ...

  • 15 November 2001:
    • Minor additions to the biographical sketch and a few changes in the user interface. All links verified.
    • Celebrating the first year of this Website and its continuing popularity, it has been moved to its own domain at http://www.thomasgray.org/ with a new title Thomas Gray (1716-1771) Interactive Hypermedia Archive.
  • 17 October 2001:
    • Complete revision of the encoding and CGI-scripts, minor bug fixes and user interface changes based on user feedback. All links verified.
  • 28 August 2001:
    • The simple full-text search engine supports wildcard characters "?" (single unknown character) and "*" (any number of characters). Minor design changes for clarity. All links verified.
  • 16 July 2001:
    • Minor internal improvements in the CGI-scripts. Minor additions and corrections in the biography (birth and death dates), chronological table (dates), and gallery (expanded captions). All links verified.
  • 18 May 2001:
    • More full-text additions to the collaborative online commentary. Minor design changes in the user interface. All links verified.
  • 14 March 2001:
    • Substantial full-text additions from a variety of editions. Many small design changes in the Website based on user feedback. All links verified.
  • 15 January 2001:
    • Complete update of Website, all links verified. All textual notes from Duncan C. Tovey's Gray edition added in full-text.

Project phase history

  • 15 November 2000:
    • Prototype goes live.
  • October - November 2000:
  • August - October 2000:
    • Technical realisation phase: materials scanned and typed into administrator's frontend for the collaborative online commentary; additional materials created: chronology, biography; development of programs completed; help and about pages begun; primary texts section completed; search engine created.
  • March - August 2000:
    • Research phase: research of primary and secondary resources; bibliography created; links to related sources created; creation of online electronic editions of primary texts; data encoding concepts reworked; basic programming of tools finished.
  • March 2000:
    • Planning phase: basic project outline; design of user input and system reply model; flat-file commentary designed; basic programming done.
    • Project idea for the Thomas Gray (1716-1771) Interactive Online Commentary born.