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About eTK/eVK2 Project

The addition of the eTK/eVK2 collections into IndexCat was a collaborative project between the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that funded the loading of the data into its IndexCat database and hosts the collections at its website: https://indexcat.nlm.nih.gov.

Support for eTK and eVK2 has been provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities, The University of Missouri Research Board, The University of Missouri-Kansas City Research Council, The National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division (National Institutes of Health), The University of Missouri-Kansas City Information Services, and The Medieval Academy of America.

The creation of the electronic Thorndike and Kibre (eTK) began in 1997 when the printed information in the Lynn Thorndike and Pearl Kibre A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin (TK) was converted to a flat-file database reorganized by manuscript witnesses to texts. The project was funded through various research grants from the University of Missouri Research Board and University of Missouri-Kansas City Research Council.

Begun in 1985, the Scientific and Medical Writings in Old and Middle English: an Electronic Reference (eVK) by Linda Ehrsam Voigts and Patricia Deery Kurtz, was produced in 2000 in CD-ROM format as a companion to TK to assist in locating manuscript witnesses to English vernacular medical and scientific texts. With funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities and support by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, information was recorded on texts surviving in nearly 2,000 manuscripts held in libraries and private collections in fifteen countries. The University of Michigan Press provided the expertise for the design of an eVK search engine. eVK2 consists of revised and expanded datasets from 2010.


Project Editor

Linda Ehrsam Voigts, Curators' Professor of English Emerita, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Project Consultants —

Patricia Deery Kurtz, Independent Scholar

Luke Demaitre, Ph.D., University of Virginia, Center for Biomedical Ethics & Humanities

Klaus-Dietrich Fischer, Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg Universit├Ąt Mainz, Germany

James Grant, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Information Systems

Walton O. Schalick, III, M.D., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

The National Endowment for the Humanities

University of Missouri Research Board

University of Missouri-Kansas City Research Council

University of Missouri-Kansas City Information Services

Medieval Academy of America

National Library of Medicine

History of Medicine Division

Laurie DuQuette

Elizabeth Fee, Ph.D.

Lillian R. Kozuma, retired

Michael North

Cindy Rankin

Cheri Smith

Roxanne Beatty

Jeffrey Reznick, Ph.D.

Office of Computer and Communication Systems

Andy Harbert

Igor Selivanov

Ram Subramanian

Public Services Division

Felix Kong

Last Reviewed: February 4, 2019