University of Texas at Austin Offers Digital Poe

The Harry Ransom Center, part of the University of Texas at Austin, has launched an Edgar Allan Poe digital collection, available at The site has 4,000 images of more than 200 different materials.

A nav to the right will let you browse the collection by types of content (manuscripts, letters to/from Poe, books owned by, etc.) Or you can do a simple keyword search that can be set to AND or OR and also accepts partial words. A search for raven (what else) found 12 results, including manuscripts, books, and a surprising amount of sheet music.

Search results include the creator, title, format, and date (some are undated.) Click on the title of the item for more information including a description and the id number. Some of the items have interesting images, like a handwritten copy of the last stanza of The Raven — but I wish they had allowed more enlargement; the images aren’t particularly detailed. On the other hand the ability to flip through the search results one after the other is nice.

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