We are pleased to announce that an initial sample of digitised documents from the Board of Longitude archive is now available via the Cambridge Digital Library:
- A volume of minutes of the Board of Longitude, 1737-1779 (RGO 14/5)
- The log book of HMS ‘Resolution’ during Captain Cook’s Pacific and Antarctic voyage, 1772-1775 (RGO 14/58)
- Correspondence and related papers by navigators and astronomers regarding observations made on voyages of discovery, 1787-1824 (RGO 14/68)
We’ve chosen volumes of materials of different “types” (one volume of minutes, one log book, and one volume of correspondence) to give readers a flavour of the diversity and richness of material in the archive here at Cambridge (the minutes include a transcription, and the log book includes over twenty maps and charts, some the first ever drawn of a number of islands), and also to highlight relationships with materials held at Royal Museums Greenwich.
Working on this sample has also allowed us to explore some of the variations in the metadata which we need to handle in order to support that range of material. The current presentation of the data is a “first cut” at this, and we anticipate that we will refine the presentation in response to feedback – and as we process more of the data for the rest of the collection.