Martin Mueller, professor emeritus of English and Classics at Northwestern University, is the general editor of Shakespeare His Contemporaries
Each text is derived from an EEBO-TCP transcription. Most of the texts come from the TCP Phase 1 project. Proquest graciously gave permission to add some three dozen plays from TCP Phase 2 to the SHC Project. All texts in this corpus are covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported license . See the short summary of how the license affects your use of the texts.
The texts were converted from their original SGML format to TEI Simple format using Abbot, written by Brian Pytlik-Zillig and Stephen Ramsay at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
All of the texts underwent collaborative curation by undergraduates. At Northwestern these included Nayoon Ahn, Hannah Bredar, Madeline Burg, Nicole Sheriko, Melina Yeh, Sally Moore Hausken, Irina Huang, Yue Hu, Ashley Guo, Anelia Kudin, and Katherine Elizabeth Poland. At Washington University in St. Louis the curators were Kate Needham and Lydia Zoells, who learned much about the editing of Early Modern texts in Joe Loewenstein's Spenser Lab. These students used and were instrumental in the design and refinement of the collaboration curation tools Annolex and Library Finder (see below). Peter Berek at Amherst College directed three students, Heejin "Gabby" Ro, Yixin "Arthur" Xiao, and Keren Yi. Over a period of three weeks in January 2016 they corrected many textual defects in 118 plays, consulting printed originals at Smith College and the Houghton Library.
Craig Berry designed the correction tool Annolex. Annolex supports finding incompletely or incorrectly transcribed words in EEBO-TCP texts, fixing the defective word(s), and logging the correction in a manner that allows for its review and automatic integration into the source text.
Stephen Pentecost designed the Library Finder tool at Washington University in St. Louis. Library Finder provides for locating original printed copies of a text in U. S. libraries.
The texts were tokenized and linguistically annotated with MorphAdorner, a Natural Language Processing toolkit developed by Philip R. Burns at Northwestern University. Burns also developed the website for Shakespeare His Contemporaries using the TEI Simple PM toolkit written by Wolfgang Meier.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Northwestern University provided financial support for various aspects of the Shakespeare His Contemporaries project.