The project to prepare an electronic edition of Boyle's manuscript 'work-diaries', generously funded by the Wellcome Trust for the History of Medicine, has now been completed. For more on the project and the work-diaries themselves, see 'Boyle on the Web' and the article, 'The Work-diaries of Robert Boyle: a newly discovered source and its Internet publication', Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 55 (2001), 373-90. Visitors can visit the Boyle Project's transcripts of the work-diaries on this page (the contents are in the sidebar on the left of screen). A search engine to help guide readers to their particular interests can be found at the website for the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, with which the Boyle Project is now working closely on an enhanced interface for the files, complete with digital images of the original manuscripts. The Boyle Project also has a seperate technical website, which contains the XML versions of the files, as well as the project's DTD, entity lists, XSL stylesheets and other material involved in the development and presentation of these transcriptions. The transcripts of the work-diaries, listed below, are provided both in 'normalized' and 'diplomatic' versions. Normalized texts are easily readable versions of the transcriptions, where details of the sometimes complicated revisions the texts have undergone are not noted. The diplomatic versions provide in-line notes on the insertions, deletions and alterations in the text. Links are provided between the corresponding texts. In the normalized version, for example, the place where a deletion is located is marked by a small 'd' in square brackets. Clicking on that 'd' takes you to the relevant place in the text of the diplomatic version, where the content of that deletion is provided. Simply clicking on that word (which is not in a seprate colour in the diplomatic version) takes you back to the corresponding location in the normalized version.
To see a synopsis of the work-diaries, with links to the transcriptions, click here
To see the biographical register, which lists and describes the people mentioned in the work-diaries, indicating where in the work-diaries they appear, click here