Open Access Emily Dickinson Archive Coming This Fall

By Jason Boog 

Harvard University Press will open a new Emily Dickinson Archive this fall, collecting manuscripts and annotations of her classic poetry.

Above, we’ve embedded a manuscript copy of her poem, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers.” If you want to read digital copies of her poems, Project Gutenberg has free eBook editions of her complete poems.

Here’s more from Harvard University Press: “The Emily Dickinson Archive will make manuscripts of Dickinson’s poetry, along with transcriptions and annotations from scholarly editions, available in open access—inspiring new scholarship and discourse on this literary icon. Features: Find poems easily with multiple index and reference tools. Study the poet’s own handwriting, variants, and arrangement of her work. Read and compare editions and transcriptions through time. Conduct new scholarship; share comments, assignments, and reading lists.”

The release is part of Harvard University Press’ centennial celebration. The press has unveiled a new logo (pictured) and a series of new initiatives.

Check it out:

“A website,, that will regularly post excerpts from 100 significant HUP books published since 1913; and an exhibit at Harvard’s Houghton Libraryshowcasing artifacts and ephemera from HUP’s publishing history will serve to mark the end of HUP’s first century in publishing …Harvard University Press has published more than 10,000 new books across various fields and disciplines, including such iconic works as Bernard Bailyn’s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice, and Sarah Blaffer Hrdy’s The Woman That Never Evolved.”