Livingstone’s 1871 Field Diary Project

This archival project at UCLA Library‘s Digital Library has much to offer in the spirit of scholarly open access:

The publication of Livingstone’s 1871 Field Diary: A Multispectral Critical Edition reveals for the first time the original record of a remarkable and traumatic period in the life of David Livingstone, the celebrated British abolitionist, missionary, and explorer of Africa….

The original, previously unpublished text of the diary has remained inaccessible until now, due to the fragility of the paper and the near-illegible script. The David Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project has restored the full text of the diary by using cutting-edge spectral imaging and processing technology, and now makes the diary available through this electronic edition.

A site guide provides detailed information on the project, with multiple zoomable images and transcriptions as well as notes and lists of individual files, a bibliography of further readings, glossaries, etc.

Read more from a journalistic perspective at The Chronicle

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