The Emmerson Linkage project is an Australian Research Council funded partnership between the State Library of Victoria (SLV) and investigators at four Australian and New Zealand Universities: the Australian National University (lead), The University of Newcastle, La Trobe University and the University of Victoria, Wellington. 

The project arises from the bequest SLV received in 2015 of the Emmerson Collection: over 5000 early modern rare books and manuscripts, previously held in private hands. Bringing together experts in early modern studies and the digital humanities with specialist library staff, the project investigates what the collection contains, why it is significant and how it can be shared with others.  


Rosalind Smith 

Rosalind Smith is Professor of English at the Australian National University and works on gender politics and form in early modern women’s writing. She is the author of Sonnets and the English Woman Writer, 1560-1621: The Politics of Absence (2005), co-editor of the collections Material Cultures of Early Modern Women’s Writing (2014) and Early Modern Women and Complaint: Gender, Form, Politics (2020) and general editor, with Trisha Pender, of the born-digital Palgrave Online Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing. Her current research project is as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and is on early modern women’s marginalia, partnering with the University of Oxford and the Folger Shakespeare Library. She also leads a research project collaborating with State Library Victoria on the Emmerson collection, Australia’s first early modern archive of scale, that seeks to understand and contextualise this bequest of over 5000 early modern books as well as provide digital pathways for scholarly and public engagement with the collection. 


Anna Welch 

Sarah C. E. Ross 

Paul Salzman 

Paul Salzman FAHA is Emeritus Professor of English Literature, La Trobe University, and a Conjoint Professor at The University of Newcastle (Australia). He has published widely on early modern women’s writing, literary history, and the theory and practice of editing. His most recent publications have been Editing Early Modern Women (essays co-edited with Sarah C. E. Ross), an online edition of Mary Wroth’s Love’s Victory, and Editors Construct the Renaissance Canon, 1825-1915 (Palgrave, 2018). His current project is a book on the relationship between eighteenth and early nineteenth-century editing, facsimiles, and forgeries. 

Patricia Pender 

Mitchell Whitelaw 

Mitchell Whitelaw is an academic, writer and maker with interests in digital design and culture, data practices, more-than-human worlds and digital collections. His teaching and research takes up data and code to seek out moments of insight and delight that intensify our engagement with a complex world. His work has appeared in journals including Leonardo, Digital Creativity, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Senses and Society. He has worked with institutions including the State Library of NSW, the State Library of Queensland, the National Archives and the National Gallery of Australia, developing “generous” interfaces to their digital collections. His current research investigates environmental and biodiversity visualisation, and digital design for a more-than-human world. Mitchell is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at the Australian National University. 

Julia Rodwell 

Member institutions and Industry Partners

Australian National University 

University of Newcastle 

La Trobe University 

Victoria University Wellington 

State library of Victoria