Union First Line Index of English Verse
13th-19th Century (bulk 1500-1800)
British Library [British Museum]. Department of Manuscripts. First-line index to English (and some French and Latin) poetry. 17 volumes, unpublished; compiled in the 1880s and later expanded to include accessions up to 1894. Microfilmed and distributed to other major research libraries, c. 1965.
Crum, Margaret. First-Line Index of English Poetry, 1500-1800, in Manuscripts of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. 2 vols. Oxford, at the Clarendon Press, 1969.
Henry E. Huntington Library. First line index of manuscript poetry in the Huntington Library. Card index; microfiche by Adam Matthew Publications, 1998.
Kelliher, Hilton. British Library Index of verse acquired 1894-2009. Unpublished database supplied by British Library (2010).
May, Steven W. and William A. Ringler, Jr., Elizabethan poetry : a bibliography and first-line index of English verse, 1559-1603. London and New York: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004. (The Union First Line Index includes only the first lines from manuscripts and not from printed sources.)
Nelson, Carolyn W. et al. First-line index of English Poetry 1500-1800 in manuscripts of the James M. and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University. New Haven: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, 2005.
Pickering, Oliver. Leeds Verse Database (BCMSV). Online catalogue of seventeenth and eighteenth century manuscript poems in English from the Brotherton Collection at the University of Leeds.
Pollard, Alfred W. A short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 / first compiled by A. W. Pollard & G. R. Redgrave. 2nd edition revised and enlarged. Begun by W. A. Jackson & F. S. Ferguson, completed by Katharine F. Pantzer. London: Bibliographical Society, 1976-1991. 3 vols.
Seng, Peter J. English-language manuscript verse in the Houghton Library: first-line index. Typescript, compiled c. 1980? (possibly as early as the 1960s). Online version ed. Katherine Chase, Diane Booton, et al. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, 2005.
Sherlock, Meredith, with Harold Love. "Indexes to source manuscripts" used in Love's edition of The works of John Wilmot, earl of Rochester (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1999). No longer available online, it has been replaced by a fuller version,"Clandestine Satire Manuscript Index", used in Love's English Clandestine Satire, 1660-1702 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
Wing, Donald Goddard, 1904-1972. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700 / compiled by Donald Wing of the Yale University Library.
Volume I: A1-E2926L. Second edition, newly revised and enlarged. Revised and edited by John J. Morrison and Carolyn W. Nelson, Editors, and Matthew Seccombe, Assistant Editor. The Modern Language Association of America: New York, 1994.
Volume II: E2927-O1000. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Revised and edited by Timothy J. Crist with the assistance of Janice M. Hansel, Phebe A. Kirkham, Jeri S. Smith, and others. The Modern Language Association of America: New York, 1982. [With additions. Entries with a single asterisk after the Wing number were added in 1995 and published in a CD-ROM version by Chadwick-Healy. Entries with two asterisks are new since 1995. Entries with three asterisks were misnumbered in the CD-ROM version, and have been assigned a new number.]
Volume III: P1-Z28. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Revised and edited by John J. Morrison, Editor [and] Carolyn W. Nelson, Assistant Editor with the assistance of Matthew Seccombe, Mark E. English, and Harold E. Selesky. The Modern Language Association of America: New York, 1988.
Wolf, Edwin 2nd. First-line Index of Manuscripts handled by the Rosenbach Company, Philadelphia, [between 1930 and 1949]. Unpublished card file at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
[Yeandle, Laetitia]. First line index of manuscript poetry in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D. C. Card index, microfilmed by Adam Matthew Publications, 1998.