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Text Creation Partnership (TCP)

The Text Creation Partnership is a non-profit initiative that produces standardized, digitally encoded editions of early print books selected from the Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Evans Early American Imprints databases. The TCP has teams at the University of Michigan and University of Oxford Libraries; the project is managed at UM. 

This labor-intensive process involves:

  • Manual keyboard entry (from digital images of the books’ original pages)
  • The addition of structured, semantic markup (based on the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines)
  • Editorial review

Our work makes it possible to search the full text of books in EEBO, ECCO, or Evans. The files we produce also function as base texts for digital scholarly editions and, together, comprise a significant set of historical linguistic data ripe for analysis. 

The work of the Text Creation Partnership is funded by a large network of library partners. Each partner institution's one-time contribution:

  • Makes them a co-owner of the texts, with perpetual rights to use them as if created locally
  • Guarantees their immediate access to existing texts, and updates as they are released
  •  Funds the production of more texts, improving the corpus for all partner institutions

UM Library staff working on the TCP include: 

  • Ali Jakobson, EEBO, Evans, and ECCO-TCP text reviewer
  • John Latta, EEBO-TCP text reviewer and text selector
  • Mona Logarbo, EEBO-TCP text reviewer
  • Paul Schaffner, production manager
  • Rebecca Welzenbach, TCP project outreach librarian
  • The UM TCP team also benefits greatly from the contributions of temporary and student text reiewers


More about the Text Creation Partnership, and how to become a partner in EEBO-TCP Phase II, is available on our project's main website

Page maintained by Rebecca Anne Welzenbach
Last modified: 11/08/2016