Release of EEBO TCP I texts into the public domain

Nearly 400 works related to the assembly and its participants are now available in the public domain as searchable digital texts. Until recently, these digital editions were limited to scholars and students of select universities hosting the Early English Book Online Textual Creation Partnership (EEBO TCP) database.

The EEBO TCP is a joint university and commercial project committed to producing “accurate XML/SGML encoded electronic text editions” of early English books printed between 1475 and 1700. The work began in 1999, and has been conducted in two targeted phases with access limited to subscribing institutions. But in a remarkable step to provide broader academic access, it was agreed that the texts of each phase would be released into the public domain five years after completion. Phase I was completed in 2009, making it now available to the public as of January 1, 2015.

Consisting of 25,000 volumes, the library can be readily accessed using the EEBO TCP Phase I search engine. Phase II is still underway, but with its goal of 45,000 volumes, the eventual release of these editions will even further extend access to key assembly related materials.

A list containing the great majority of these works is available on the Westminster Assembly Project website TCP I Digital editions of Assembly Member Works.

It should be noted that since EEBO TCP digital editions are created from scans of microfilm images, the quality of the original page can impact the accuracy of the text. On occasion it may be necessary to consult with the original image. In general, however, the result is a highly functional and useful collection of valuable texts.