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As a dynamic structure, a scholarly website is always in process. Phase One of The Yellow Nineties Online (2010-2015), edited by Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, was revised and absorbed into Yellow Nineties 2.0 in 2016. The initial stage of the project published digital editions of the single-volume Pagan Review (1892) and the thirteen-volume Yellow Book (1894-1897) with the support of a Social Sciences and Humanities of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant.

Phase Two, Yellow Nineties 2.0 (2016-2023), is edited and directed by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra and supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant. In addition to a redesigned interface and new affordances, Y90s 2.0 expands the content to include digital editions of The Dial (5 volumes, published occasionally between 1889-1897), The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal (4 volumes, 1895-97), The Green Sheaf (13 issues, 1903-1904), The Pageant (2 volumes, 1896-97), The Savoy (2 quarterly and 6 monthly issues, 1896), and The Venture: An Annual of Art and Literature (2 volumes, 1903-1905).

On 18 April 2024, Toronto Metropolitan University Centre for Digital Humanities joined TMU Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections to celebrate the completion of Yellow Nineties 2.0 with a Symposium and Exhibition. See Launching Yellow Nineties 2.0.

Yellow Nineties 2.0 is an open-access scholarly resource for the study of eight late-Victorian little magazines in the context of their production and reception between 1889 and 1905. In addition to a searchable digital edition of each magazine, supported by a historical archive of promotional materials and critical reviews, we provide a critical overview of the title and a scholarly introduction for each volume in the print run, amounting to about 150,000 words of born-digital scholarship. Two biographical tools— over 100 peer-reviewed essays on contributors in Y90s Biographies and over 900  individual data cards in the Y90s Personography—facilitate discovery of the people and networks that created the artwork and literature in these magazines. The Database of Ornament allows users to compare and analyze the textual ornaments that decorated their pages and expressed their ideas. The Y90s Classroom showcases student research and pedagogical use of the site. A series of Essays on our Process by Y90s team members self-reflexively engage with our technical, editorial, and scholarly decisions and their analogies with historical print culture.

Created in Linked Open Data (LOD), the Yellow Nineties Personography provides a searchable database of contributors to late-Victorian little magazines, so that their relationships, connections, and networks can be queried, visualized, and analyzed. The data set is available for exploration and manipulation on LINCS, the Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship.

All other digital resources on the Y90s are marked up using the TEI (Textual Encoding Initiative) tagset and the NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) RDF schema (Resource Description Framework). To ensure maximum flexibility for users, we make textual materials available as virtual objects (facsimiles) in FlipBook form; in HTML for online reading; in PDF for downloading and collecting; and in XML for critical investigation and reuse.

All scholarly material on the site is vetted by the editor(s) and peer-reviewed by them and/or an international board of advisors. The site as a whole is peer-reviewed by NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship). Contributors to the site retain personal copyright in their material. Y90s 2.0 is licensed with a Creative Commons 4.0 Deed: Attribution International.

General Editor:  Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Toronto Metropolitan University Centre for Digital Humanities

Biographies Acquisitions Editor:  Koenraad Claes, Anglia-Ruskin University
Personography Editor:  Alison Hedley, Toronto Metropolitan University Centre for Digital Humanities
Project Manager and Designer:  Reg Beatty, Toronto Metropolitan University Centre for Digital Humanities


Jason Boyd, Toronto Metropolitan University
Leslie Howsam, University of Windsor
Chris Keep, Western University
Frederick King, Dalhousie University
MJ Suhonos, Toronto Metropolitan University Library and Archives

International Advisory Board

Laurel Brake, Professor Emerita of English Literature and Print Culture, University of London
Joseph Bristow, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California Los Angeles
Constance Crompton, Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, University of Ottawa
Koenraad Claes, Anglia Ruskin University
Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University
Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library
Evanghélia Stead, University Professor, Université de Versailles St-Quentin
Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Professor of English, University of Delaware
Julia Thomas, Professor of English, Cardiff University


Centre for Digital Humanities, Toronto Metropolitan University
Database of Mid-Victorian Victorian Illustration (DMVI), Cardiff University
Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria
Faculty of Arts, Toronto Metroopolitan University
MA in Literatures of Modernity, Department of English, Toronto Metroopolitan University
Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press
Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation, Toronto Metropolitan University
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals—Linda H. Peterson Fellowship
Toronto Metropolitan University Library and Archives
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Contact:    Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Toronto Metropolitan University: