The UIUC Library has just acquired a new database, Electronic Enlightenment. The database, which is a project of the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, archives nearly 60,000 pieces of correspondence and other documents from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.
These resources allow you to see “the complex web of personal relationships in the early modern period and the making of the modern world.” Electronic Enlightenment allows users to search in a variety of ways, including “letters,” “lives,” “sources” and “annotations” and you can also browse through different categories to get a general feel of the scope of the collection.
What sets this database apart is its wide-ranging coverage, as the correspondence represents over forty nations, spanning Europe, Asia and the Americas.
This resource is limited to UIUC affiliates and only five simultaneous users can be logged on at one time.
You can access Electronic Enlightenment here.
Finally, you can check out this and the other databases we have listed in our Major e-Resources list.