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Welcome to the George Eliot Archive, a digital repository of research resources for those studying the enormously successful and enduringly beloved Victorian woman writer, George Eliot. 

Here you will discover thousands of public domain images and documents pertaining to the life and works of George Eliot. We curate and provide editorial apparatus for understanding their original purposes and sources. An important and growing section of our website features open-access, born-digital projects with interactive data visualizations, which offer new ways of encountering information about George Eliot.

The George Eliot Archive project was launched in December, 2018, on the eve of Eliot’s bicentenary, after several years of preparation. For more on our project's development, please refer to the "Project History" tab. 

The project would be inconsequential without two groups of contributors: the expert guidance of expert advisory editors (my generous colleagues in the field); and the dedicated graduate and undergraduate research assistants who are constantly adding to the content and improving the functionality of our websites. For a list of these essential collaborators, please refer to the Project Staff section below.

For more than a decade, my scholarship has focused on George Eliot. I think of the George Eliot projects as the culmination of all my previous work and teaching in the fields of literature, biography, publishing, and digital humanities.

From 2013-2021, I was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), an early leader in digital humanities. I am thankful for internal grants and the mentoring provided by colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Undergraduate Research, the English department, and the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.

In the fall of 2021, I joined the faculty of Auburn University (AU) in Alabama. With the AU Libraries' exceptionally supportive administration and a brilliant new team of undergraduate and graduate students, the George Eliot Archive and its sister projects continue to grow and improve. The sister sites are:

1. George Eliot Review Online (in partnership with the George Eliot Fellowship), the digitized version of this important peer-reviewed journal from 1970 to the present issue; and

2. George Eliot Scholars digital commons, where we are collecting open-access journal articles and providing a digital commons forum where current scholars may contribute their own works on George Eliot, including articles, blogs, syllabi, conference papers, videos, adaptations, and more.

These three related, ever-expanding digital projects would not have been possible without the team of research assistants and associates named below, and all those who supported us in various ways. To everyone who has helped build this project over the years, I am truly grateful. I love this work and all of you. 

All my best,

Bev