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By Drea Leed
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About this project

As a historic costume researcher interested in 16th century dress living in the US, one of the things I've struggled with is getting my hands on original documents. Most of them reside in archives in England or Europe; it's difficult for people to travel there and get access.

I recently went to the National Archives of England and took over 4,000 photographs of documents on the costume of Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Mary and Edward VI. When I learned that the National Archives would allow entire manuscripts to be made available online for a charge of £40 per document, the idea was born: why not upload all of these documents so that other historic costume researchers could take advantage of them?

And so this Kickstarter was born. If fully funded, the following manuscripts will be put online. Here's an example of what the pages will look like.

The 1600 Inventory of Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe (LR 2/121). This document is a complete record of all garments in the Wardrobe of Robes as of 1600, and is the document transcribed and discussed in Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd by Janet Arnold

The Day Book of Queen Elizabeth (c 155/91). This records clothing and fabric coming into and out of the great wardrobe, gifts given to courtiers, and objects lost from garments worn by the queen. It's transcribed in the book "Lost from her Majesties Back" by Janet Arnold.

The Wardrobe Warrants of Queen Elizabeth: LC 5/33-LC 5/37. These documents, unpublished and untranscribed, detail all clothing made by the Wardrobe of Robes for the Queen and her servants from 1558-1603. It also includes descriptions of livery clothing, stable warrants for horse caparisons, furniture warrants, and much else.

For more details on the manuscripts and what they contain, check out my blog entry, Inventories, Warrants, Gifts and Day Books: the underpinnings of Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe

This kickstarter is fairly small; $800 will be enough to get all of these documents online, pay for rewards, and cover Kickstarter overhead. If more than $600 is donated, then it will go towards funding yet more wardrobe documents from Queen Mary and King Edward's reign, and additional, subsidiary manuscripts. It will also go towards paying for additional people to work at uploading the documents, so they will be available sooner.

Risks and challenges

The project is very low risk. I have the website ready to go; the image loading and viewing software has been tested and verified; all that's left is to load the images of the manuscripts. If additional funds over the $800 come in, I'll use it to hire a helper to get things online as fast as possible.

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    You get to vote on which document is put online first. The document with the most votes wins!

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    An 8.5 x 11 full color one-page reprint of a particular warrant. You can specify whether you want a reprint from a wardrobe warrant of a particular year, or a page from the 1600 wardrobe inventory.

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    An 11 x 17 reprint of two manuscript pages of a particular warrant. You can specify whether you want a reprint from a wardrobe warrant of a particular year, or a page from the 1600 wardrobe inventory.

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