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Leeds Database of Manuscript English Verse (BCMSV)

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BCMSV (standing for Brotherton Collection Manuscript Verse) is a
database of the individual items of English poetry contained in the 17th
and 18th century manuscripts belonging to the Brotherton Collection of
Leeds University Library.  The items in question range from contemporary
copies of poems by writers like Dryden and Pope at one literary extreme
to popular tags and epitaphs at the other.  Many of the manuscripts are
miscellanies and commonplace books which have never been indexed, and
their contents have consequently remained largely unknown to scholars.

BCMSV is a free-text database which uses the BRS/SEARCH information
retrieval system.  It has been in progress for a number of years, and
currently contains records for some 2550 separate poems.  It is
regularly updated.  Each record in the database may have up to seventeen
fields, including first lines, last lines, attribution, author, title,
date, length, verse-form, and content.  Further information about any
item or manuscript will gladly be supplied on request.

Copies of the BCMSV user guide are freely available.  To obtain a copy,
please send your name and address to:

Dr O.S. Pickering, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2

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