The Walter Scott Digital Archive is the main online source of information on the life and work of Sir Walter Scott, creator of the historical novel and the nineteenth century’s most globally successful writer. It is designed around Edinburgh University Library’s Corson Collection, the world’s largest self-standing collection of Scott materials. The Archive consists of webpages providing comprehensive and authoritative information on all of Scott’s publications (compositional history, synopsis, details of reception), and on his life, career and literary connections. Further pages provide a list of forthcoming Scott events, a rolling analytical bibliography of over 700 recent books and articles on Scott, a webliography of Scott-related online resources and e-texts, and a guide to portraits of Scott.
All pages are illustrated with images from the 6,800 printed books and over 10,000 artworks that comprise the Corson Collection. The artworks are also the focus of an Image Database, designed to highlight the e-learning potential of the collection. This permits users to view and work dynamically with high resolution digital reproductions of Scott-inspired paintings, drawings, engravings, and lithographs by some of the major artists of the 19th century, together with images of playbills, literary manuscripts, letters, and an astonishing range of Scott memorabilia.