Digital Book Collections

THE JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY has created digital collections from its collections. These curated collections are of value because they bring together important groups of books and manuscripts. The most important of these collections is our Internet Archive collection. We have installed an Internet Archive satellite scanning hub in our Imaging Department and have created numerous collections such as the Haiti collection, the Peru collection, the Portugal and Brazil collection, and the Indigenous Languages collection.

 

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. It provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Haiti Collection: a collection of books, newspapers, and maps on the founding of the French colony of Saint Domingue, its demise through the Haitian Revolution (the world's only successful slave revolution), and the founding of Haiti.
Indigenous Languages Collection: a collection which contains texts in one or more Amerindian languages for the period before the nineteenth century.
Portugal and Brazil Collection: a collection relating to Brazil before the country declared its independence from Portugal in 1822.
Spanish America Collection: includes imprints from Argentina, the Argentina Gazeta, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Cub, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

As an initial step in creating digital collections, the library offered a selection of the JCB’s rarest and most valued treasures to the World Digital Library. Items includes the Bay Psalm Book, the Columbus letter, Champlain's Des sauuages, etc. The World Digital Library was developed by a team at the U.S. Library of Congress, with contributions by partner institutions in many countries; the support of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and the financial support of a number of companies and private foundations.

To promote the inauguration of Internet Archive collections, the library has created sites to showcase a selection of books from the John Carter Brown Library that are available online. These sites include:

Remember Haiti: a selection of books and manuscripts relating to Saint Domingue and Haiti.
Sources of Peru: Books at the John Carter Brown Library: a selection of books and maps from Peru
(in English).
Fuentes del Perú: Libros y Mapas de la Biblioteca John Carter Brown: una selección de libros y mapas del Perú
(en español).