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Center for Educational Computing Initiatives



Shakespeare Electronic Archive

    Since 1992, The MIT Shakespeare Project has been constructing electronic environments for teaching and research based on digital copies of primary documents in all media, including texts, high resolution page images of early editions, digital collections of art, illustration and stage photographs, and film and video adaptations.


    The Shakespeare Electronic Archive project

Our Goals

    A collaborative venture between the MIT Literature Department and MIT's Center for Educational Computing Initiatives,  the project aims to use emerging technologies to: 

  • CREATE exemplary digital collections in all media by building alliances with libraries, publishers, and theatrical companies.

  • DESIGN systems of access in which all materials are linked to the lines of text to which they are relevant and which are easily used at all levels -- from advanced scholars to university and high school students and the general "reader."

  • DELIVER a variety of archival resources to users through special collections available at research libraries and participating universities, publications on CD-ROM, other distributable media, and the World Wide Web.


    The Hamlet on the Ramparts project
    Because of the technical and institutional challenges involved in such a task, the project is also intended as a testbed for the problems and challenges involved in creating multimedia archives of global scale.

Projects and Screen Shots

Project Staff

Project Partners For more information

    Peter S. Donaldson
    Shakespeare Electronic Archive,
    Room 9-355D
    105, Massachusetts Avenue,
    Cambridge, MA 02139

    Telephone: 617-253-3724
    Fax: 617-253-8632
    Email: hamlet@mit.edu