EE MARC records

Technically speaking, these records are not 'records for letter-writers', but records for the electronic edition of that person's correspondence within EE. They are analogous to analytical records for parts of books, and can be included in the catalogue on similar terms.

Why have MARC records for individuals?

Published sources of material in Electronic Enlightenment tend to treat correspondence in terms of a single central figure, even though many letters in the correspondence may not be by that figure. In EE, every letter-writer is a correspondent like any other: each has a biographical note and a list of their own correspondents and letters. Individual MARC records are the simplest way of reflecting this.

In addition, the material in Electronic Enlightenment comes from a wide and growing range of sources, and many letter-writers appear in more than one source edition. Individual MARC records make it possible to see all of a person's correspondence in EE, no matter what the original source.

Who gets a record?

Records are provided for all known individual letter-writers who have a Library of Congress identifier. Anonymous or pseudonymous writers of letters do not have records. No records are provided for the more than 2000 people in Electronic Enlightenment who are only recipients of letters. At this stage we are not providing records for the relatively small number of group letter-writers.


We are pleased to make available a new set of MARC records produced with the assistance of the Bodleian Libraries cataloguing department.

2481 Records: (392kb zip file) November 2017.
Please note that these supersede any previous records you may have for Electronic Enlightenment. We will provide updated & new records separately in future updates.

The cataloguing department have also worked with OCLC to make our records available as a collection in Worldshare Global knowledge base.

A CONSER record is available from OCLC (244097540) which represents Electronic Enlightenment as a whole. You can downloaded it through your OCLC subscription or view it in WorldCat.

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