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

Advisory Board

Robert DeMaria, Jr., Vassar

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

Project Consultants

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

Site Founder

Brandi Besalke

Student Researchers and Volunteers

Gisella Alcazar

Ashley Artigas

Joshua Benedict

Charlotte Bergholz

Brianna Bradley

Tia Butterfield

Courtney Campbell

Margie Castillo

Farrah Cato

Evelin Cecilia

Nada Chehab

Berenice Cornejo

Jace DeAngelo

Rose Dees

Lauryn Dryden

Bryan Ducasse

Sarai Duque

Hannah Eiserman

Steven Eley

Christopher Font

Kaley Frye

Anthony Garcia

Nolan Grad

Emily Gruber

Laura Hard Åf Segerstad

Julia Horensten

Kathleen Johnson

Tiffany Kelley

Kathleen Kilcommons

Kenneth Kimberly

Oliver Lyon

Eduarda Santos Maciel

Ileia Mooney

Geralyn Moore

Clara Parente Moraes

Mary Norton

Marisa Norzagaray

Luiz Filipe Oliveira

Gustavo Padron

Laura Parces

Amanda Cavalcante Pereira

Sher Respess

Gabriella Santiago

Jack Scheidhauer

Eli Shroeder

Brooke Smith

Justin Smith

Lillian Snyder

Julia Valadares de Sousa

Roman Syed

Siara Tirado

Joseph Tolle

Kristal Torres

Rebecca Watters

Caroline Young

Lindsey Zakula

Jordan Zeigler

Quotations Software:

Sean Datta

Jacob Hofstein

Christopher Melton

Brent Pappas

Drew Schilling

Images Software:

Vincent Cardaman

Jacob Rodriguez

Miguel Severino

Brian Smith


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.

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.