Project Team and Participants

  • Professor Pamela L. Caughie - Loyola University Chicago
  • With Shillingsburg wrote the NEH grant proposal for which she was the Co-Principal Investigator and contributed introductions and contextual materials.

  • Dr Nick Hayward - Loyola University Chicago
  • Developed all the programs, mounted all the content, developed the tools for editors, and designed and implemented the interface for both content users and project developers.

  • Professor Mark Hussey - Pace University, New York City
  • Co-Principal Investigator for the NEH grant, contributed content, wrote introductions, and consulted on all Woolf scholarship for the project.

  • Professor Peter L. Shillingsburg - Loyola University Chicago
  • Completed the "Time Passes" project and initiated the To the Lighthouse project and helped with the design of the infrastructure, tools and structure.

  • Professor George K. Thiruvathukal - Loyola University Chicago
  • Consulted on the digital aspects of the project.

  • Professor Julia Briggs - De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Initiated and designed the Time Passes Project - Read more +

    Julia Ruth Briggs born December 30 1943; died August 16 2007

    Professor Julia Briggs, Director of the Woolf Online Project, died on 16 August 2007 after a short illness. She is sorely missed by the Project, which grew out of her fascination with Virginia Woolf's methods of composition and with the diverse factors which influenced the composition of one of Woolf's most experimental pieces of writing: the 'Time Passes' section of To The Lighthouse.

    Julia was a writer and critic of extraordinary breadth: her interests encompassed children's literature; ghost stories; Shakespeare and Renaissance drama (especially Middleton and Marlowe); modernism; women's writing in early modern England and late nineteenth and early twentieth century literature; psychology; and of course, Virginia Woolf. Her magnum opus on Woolf, published in 2005 (Virginia Woolf: an Inner Life), was received with great critical acclaim: it was described in The Times as 'quietly wonderful', and by the New York Times as 'intelligent and well-researched'. Julia was also an inspired and dedicated teacher who was greatly loved by the many students who had the good fortune to be taught by her. She gave unsparingly of her time and her intellect to her students, many of whom, because of her formative influence, have gone on to become writers and critics themselves. Julia was ever generous, and the success of her friends, colleagues and students always gave her great pleasure. She was delighted and astonished to be awarded the OBE in 2006 for her services to English literature and education. I was staying with her when the OBE letter arrived, and with typical modesty she initially dismissed it as a joke that one of her sons must have played on her!

    Outside of academic life, Julia had many interests. She loved gardening, and latterly had become deeply concerned about environmental issues: she was one of the founder members of the Brighton Green Women, an environmental pressure group. She also loved to travel, and one of her happiest times was the year she spent in Paris working on the final stages of An Inner Life. And of course her family and friends were of central importance in her life.

    Julia was a person of beauty, wit, grace and courage. She accepted the inevitability of her impending death with a humour which rather disconcerted her friends: she would ring people up and say 'Hello darling, how are you? I'm dying!' To the last her hospital room was filled with family, friends, love, laughter and flowers, and she never lost her interest in and concern for others. I am proud to have been her friend.

    Many obituaries were published at the time of her death; the one that probably captures her essence best is that by Alison Light in The Guardian.

  • Professor Marilyn Deegan - King's College London
  • With Briggs wrote the initial Leverhulme Trust grant proposal and consulted on digital development.

  • Dr. Marion Dell - Open University
  • Contributed the essay on Talland House.

  • Professor Michael Lackey - University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Contributed the essay on Time Passes.

  • Professor Alison Light - Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Contributed the essay on Woolf and poor women.

  • Professor Hans Walter Gabler - University of Munich
  • Consulted with Briggs on development of the Time Passes project, provided the base transcription of the Berg Materials, and contributed to the addition of the digital images of "Sketch of the Past".

  • Anne Callahan, Professor Emerita of French, Loyola University Chicago
  • Translated the French interview and review.

  • Elisa Kay Sparks, Professor Emerita, Clemson University
  • Provided the OS map of Talland House.

  • Jennifer Jacobs, Director of Administrative Services, Loyola University Chicago Libraries
  • Located and secured original versions of essays and reviews.

  • Linda Lotten, Interlibrary Loan Assistant, Loyola University Chicago Libraries
  • Secured original versions of essays and reviews.

  • Niamh McGuigan, Head of Reference Services and Subject Specialist for English, Loyola University Chicago Libraries
  • Located original source materials.

  • Jennifer Stegan, Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Loyola University Chicago Libraries
  • Secured original versions of essays and reviews.

Other scholars consulted in the course of the project were:

  • Ann Banfield
  • Stuart N. Clarke
  • Christine Froula
  • Karen Kukil
  • Gina Potts
  • Andrew Thacker
  • Michael Whitworth
Graduate Research Assistants

All worked with Peter Shillingsburg at Loyola University Chicago. Much of the work was proofreading OCR produced transcriptions of the printed texts. Allison, Caliendo, and Obenauf helped complete the Time Passes project. Eilefson and Welch scanned the printed texts and helped proofread the To The Lighthouse project. Coleman proofread and then researched the copyright status for all the reviews. Hanson also proofread and, working with Professor Caughie, produced the images and transcriptions of the reviews, letters, diaries, and essays. Clark added foliation and metadata for the Berg Materials and assisted with text collations and correction of transcriptions. DeLancey (an undergraduate at Smith College) completed an independent collation of the Albatross edition against the first English edition, confirming and correcting machine collations of OCR transcriptions.

  • Fallon Allison
  • Kevin Caliendo
  • Richard Obenauf
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hanson
  • Sarah Eilefson
  • Mark Owen
  • Andrew Welch
  • Amanda (Missy) Coleman
  • Matthew Clark
  • Kristen DeLancey (Smith College)
  • Cameron Phillips
Institutional acknowledgements
  • Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College, esp. Karen Kukil, for assistance with the Woolf special collections manuscripts and images.
  • Berg Collection, New York Public Library, esp. Isaac Gewirtz, for assistance with notebook materials, Anne Garner, Stephan Saks, Jenny Jordan, and Thomas Lisanti.
  • The Society of Authors, esp. Jeremy Crow, for assistance with permissions from the Woolf estate.
  • Centre for Textual Scholarship, De Montfort University, for supporting the pilot project.
  • Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Loyola University Chicago, for supporting and hosting the project.
  • The Leverhulme Trust for funding the pilot project
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities for funding the project