In December the Cambridge Library launched it’s digital library project.  Phase 1, called the Foundations Project, is slated to run from mid-2010 through mid-2013.  This phase includes the Foundations of Faith Collection which includes over 5,000 Islamic Manuscripts, and the Foundations of Science Collection which contains the “largest and most important collection of scientific works of Isaac Newton (1642-1727).” 1  The Newton collection currently consists of 4,000 digitized pages including the Principia Mathematica filled with Sir Isaac Newton’s own annotations giving the reader a glimpse into the mind of the scientist.  The collection also includes his college notebooks from his time at Trinity College in the 1660s.  The scans are beautifully clear but even so many of the documents or portions of the documents have typewritten transcripts.

All of this wonderful work was made possible by a grant from Dr. Leonard Polonsky of the Polonsky Foundation, the same foundation that gave funds to enable the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to digitize their Einstein Archives slated to launch online on March 19, 2012.  Next on the list of archives for digitization by the Cambridge Library are the papers of Charles Darwin and the Library’s collection of Sanskrit manuscripts.

Resources:

1  Cambridge Digital Library, http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/

Cambridge Digital Library launches with 4000 pages of Newton material, http://goo.gl/0qooy

Archive Watch: Cambridge Digital Library Starts Off by Posting Newton’s Papers, http://goo.gl/DMzrS

$500,000 grant from Polonsky Foundation to digitize Hebrew University Einstein Archive, http://goo.gl/UeZ9k

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://goo.gl/Ylvq