Original Project Team
Principal Investigator and Director – Beth Rapp Young, UCF
Lead Editor – Jack Lynch, Rutgers University
Co-Principal Investigator – Carmen Faye Mathes, University of Regina
Co-Principal Investigator – Amy Larner Giroux
Senior XML Analyst – William Dorner
Programmer / Database Analyst – Connie Harper
XML Editor/Social Media Manager – Abigail Moreshead
Mark Kamrath, University of Central Florida
Lynda Mugglestone, Pembroke College, Oxford
Allen Reddick, University of Zurich
Neil Weijer, University of Florida
Ian Lancashire, University of Toronto
Marc Alexander, University of Glasgow
David-Antoine Williams, St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo
Jorge Fonseca Cacho, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Rebecca Shapiro, New York City College of Technology
Student Researchers and Volunteers
In addition to the people named in the grant itself; library staff at UCF, UF and ISU; and UCF’s Center for Humanities and Digital Research, this project has benefitted from the contributions of hundreds of other people. Most have been UCF students, but volunteers have also joined us across the U.S. and from Brazil, Canada, Portugal, and Spain.
A complete list of names is here.
This project was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this web resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A transcribed, XML-encoded text of Samuel Johnson’s 1755 folio edition of A Dictionary of the English Language has been licensed to our project under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) by Ian Lancashire, editor, Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME), the University of Toronto. We wish to thank our colleagues in Canada for their generous help. LEME anticipates release of its 1755 Johnson encoded transcription sometime in 2021.
Facsimile images were provided with support from the Digital Support Services Team at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries..
Additional facsimile images were provided by the Warren N. and Suzanne B. Cordell Collection of Dictionaries at Indiana State University.
Author “bio-tweets” (brief descriptions of many cited authors) were written by Brian Grimes of sjdictionarysources.org and are used with permission. Brian Grimes also provided much-appreciated assistance with quotation sources!
The portrait of Samuel Johnson that appears on the project homepage is known as “Blinking Sam”; painted by Joshua Reynolds in 1755, the portrait is used courtesy of the Huntington Art Collections, San Marino, California.
The mezzotint portrait “Samuel Johnson” that appears in the top page banner, created by William Doughty in 1779 after Joshua Reynolds, is available from NGA Images, the National Gallery of Art website for digital images of works of art in the public domain.