The Axson Archive is a collection of digitized books drawn from The Stockton Axson Collection of 18th-Century British Drama, held in the Woodson Research Center. Currently, the digital collection consists of 62 items. Each item includes a downloadable pdf file of the page images, a full text transcription of the play, and an XML-based description file that contains detailed contextual information. Development of the Axson Archive is ongoing, and updates on the progress can be found here or by contacting the Woodson Research Center at

A digital exhibit of the archive was completed in Fall 2011 by Rice University undergraduates while participating in the course, English 331: 18th-Century Drama: Print and Performance.

All items included in the digital collection are available to the public.

About the collection:
Started as a memorial to Stockton Axson, an English professor at Rice, the Axson collection contains British drama first published between 1660 and 1800. With more than 5,000 books, it represents most major and minor literary figures of the period. The plays often have more than one edition, and sometimes more than one copy of an edition is included in the collection.

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