|ADMYTE (Archivo Digital de Manuscritos y Textos Españoles) is a project started in the late eighties impulsed by Francisco Marcos
Marín (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Charles Faulhaber (University of California at Berkelely) and Ángel Gómez Moreno (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
The first results of this magnum project were at the disposal of the learned users in 1991 (ADMYTE 0) and 1992 (ADMYTE 1); now seven years later, the third disc of the series comes into
light,ADMYTE. In total, the three discs of ADMYTE which have appeared up to now are offered as a result of the efforts of a long list of scholars who, in Spain and the United States,
pursue a deep knowledge of literary sources of Medieval Spain.
The team work as a rule was obvious in ADMYTE 0, a disc which contained an enormous amount of miscellaneous information: 64 medieval texts transcribed by several
researchers within the frame provided by the Seminary of Medieval Spanish Studies located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the general catalogues of Spanish manuscripts and incunabula
(BETA/BOOST), Catalan (BETA/BOOCT), and Portuguese (BITAP/BOOPT); a program of recovery and textual analysis for linguistic and literary studies (TACT); and a program to prepare critical
editions which could comprise up to 30 different versions of the same token (UNITE).
|| The ADMYTE materials were selected and elaborated ex professo by the editorial team, which kept a narrow
contact with the Spanish National Library in the frame of the V Centenary of the Discovery of America. Altogether, the
digital transcriptions and images of 61 works transmitted by incunabula and postincunabula were gathered, which gives us a very clear idea of the Spanish and European panorama in the
years of the Discovery of America.
Concerning these two previous discs, ADMYTE shows two pivotal transformation: it just offers the transcriptions of the texts, without digital images; instead, the number of texts has
increased remarkably, as 165 new editions of the pertinent texts have been added, most of them connected with Medieval Spain, although there also exists a relevant Renaissance testimony,
Lazarillo de Tormes, and even a masterpiece of the Spanish Literary Baroque, the Chacón manuscript containing the poetic works of Luis de Góngora. On top of this, ADMYTE
acknowledges the Romancero in a twofold way: it compensates its absence from our catalogue of Medieval Spanish Literature (BETA/BOOST) and, so doing, reaches to correct the unjustifiable
oblivion of this fascinating corpus in the two previous discs of ADMYTE.