The Digital Temple has enjoyed the generous support of the following persons and institutions.
Ian Lancashire, a pioneer of the digital humanities at the University of Toronto, has from the beginning provided inspiration, guidance, and encouragement. His presence is felt in all aspects of this resource. Also at Toronto, Randy McCleod's studious suspicion of Herbert editors, past and present, informed the project's initial conception and has remained a vital influence on its editorial philosophy.
The Digital Humanities Summer Institute, under the direction of Ray Siemens, provided instruction in text encoding and digital editing—and, crucially, contact with a network of experts who remained committed to supporting the project throughout its development. Thanks are due especially to Susan Schriebman, who introduced Robert Whalen to the Versioning Machine and, with Amit Kumar and Sean Daugherty, accommodated his suggestions for enhancements; to Julia Flanders, Dot Porter, and Syd Bauman for expert instruction in digitizing methods and techniques; and again to Syd Bauman for his generous contribution to the development of several knotty text transformations.
James Cummings and the Oxford Text Archive provided enhancements to the Versioning Machine and the discrete-witness display.
David Sewell and Shannon Shiflett at University of Virginia Press were instrumental in devising the edition's search-and-retrieval mechanisms and in realizing the interface's design aesthetics.
Ray Siemens, William Bowen, Gary Shawver, Gabriel Egan, and Elizabeth Clarke helped to publicize and generate interest in the project, while Arthur Marotti's and Ian Lancashire's endorsements helped to secure the necessary funding.
Northern Michigan University has provided multiple years support by way of release time, materials, and travel funds. Whalen thanks in particular English Department Heads James Schiffer and Ray Ventre for accommodating an increasingly reduced teaching schedule; Associate Provost Cynthia Prosen and Deans Terry Seethoff and Michael Broadway for financial support; and Andrew Smentkowski, NMU Grant Writer, for his persistence and commitment in time and energy to helping the editors to secure external funding.
Christopher Hodgkins thanks Timothy Johnston, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, for his early and constant support of the project; to Lou Harrell of UNCG’s Office of Contracts and Grants for crucial help in developing the project budget; and to English Department Business Officer Lydia Howard for administering the grant.
Both Hodgkins and Whalen wish to thank UNCG Graduate Assistant Lauren Wallis for her invaluable help in individually translating the revised annotation files back into TEI-XML, many of them more than once, and for proofreading the final transcriptions of the Williams and Bodleian manuscripts. Much credit for this edition’s exactitude is hers; any remaining flaws are our own.
An indispensable feature of this edition is the high-resolution images. The editors wish to thank David Wykes at Dr. Williams's Library, Bruce Barker-Benfield and Samuel Fanous at the Bodleian Library, Anne-Marie Walsh at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Penny Kaiserlian at the University of Virginia Press for their patience and determination in devising a single licensing agreement. Thanks too to the British Library for the digital capture of Williams MS. Jones B62.
Whalen is grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a 2009-2010 Research Fellowship, and both editors are deeply indebted to the NEH for a 2010-2012 Scholarly Editions Grant. Absent these funds, completion of the project would not have been possible.
We wish also to thank members of the Herbert scholarly community for their interest and support: Helen Wilcox, Elizabeth Clarke, Paul Dyck, and Sidney Gottlieb for encouragement; Richard Strier for examining a beta version of the edition and offering helpful feedback; and attendees of the 2011 meeting of the George Herbert Society in Powys, Wales. "How happy were our part, / If you, dear souls, would thrust your hearts / Into these lines."
The editors' families, finally, have been most gracious in their support of this project. We are blessed with their sustaining love, and grateful for their enthusiasm toward our interest in George Herbert.