The Perdita Manuscripts database is available on a trial basis until 7 May.
It is a searchable online collection from Adam Matthew comprising manuscripts written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, sourced from archives and libraries across the United Kingdom and the USA. Content includes account books, diaries, notebooks, prayers, autobiographical, historical and medical writing, drama, psalms, sermons, verse, travel writing, and more.
This resource is produced in association with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University. “Perdita” means “lost woman” and the quest of the Perdita Project has been to find early modern women authors who were “lost” because their writing exists only in manuscript form. Thanks to the endeavours of the Perdita Project the valuable work of these “lost” women is being rediscovered.
During the trial the database will be available only from computers on campus, and you will not be able to download the PDF files.
Please send your comments about this database to help the Library evaluate its usefulness for your research.