TEI: Vincent van Gogh – The Letters

For inclusion in the TEI Application Page

Form posted from TEI website, 2016-04-20
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  • Host: Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
  • Other institutions involved: Van Gogh Museum (http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/)
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  • Main language: Multilingual
  • TEI Encoding Guidelines used: P5 (2007-present)

General description: The Van Gogh Letters project published all of the extant correspondence from or to the painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). The 903 letters and 25 related manuscripts were published both online and in a six-volume printed edition. The online edition gives a new transcription in the original languages (Dutch and French), a new translation into English, extensive annotation, and illustrations for all of the works of art mentioned in the correspondence. All references to persons and works of art have been indexed. An extensive introduction provides background to the correspondence and explains the editorial procedures. Additional material includes a glossary, a chronology of Van Gogh’s life, linked to the letters, a concordance to earlier editions of the letters and a bibliography. For each letter, an XML file contains the metadata, the original text, the translated text and the annotation. The introductory material was also encoded in TEI.

Implementation description: A brief description of the technical procedures is given at http://vangoghletters.org/vg/about_6.html. Sample XML files and the TEI ODD file that we used are available from that page.

Copyright information: http://vangoghletters.org/vg/copyright.html


Peter BootEmail: peter.boot@huygens.knaw.nl