Wlliam Gilmore Simms

About the Initiatives

The Simms Initiatives began in 2010 with the goal of providing students and scholars the access they need to the works of William Gilmore Simms. Thanks in large part to major support from the Watson-Brown Foundation and the University of South Carolina Libraries, today we have a comprehensive bibliographic database and a complete digital edition of all the major writings penned by the mid-19th-century South's leading literary figure. Every issue of _The Simms Review_, a publication of the William Gilmore Simms Society, has now been digitized. The University of South Carolina Press, too, has joined the Initiatives to issue 70 volumes of Simms's works in paperback editions by the end of 2015. Additionally, in an effort to show the far reaches of Simms's intellectual thought, the locations from which or about which Simms writes have been plotted on maps that accompany each text.

Students and scholars can now access any of these works, search within them, and engage with the larger community of Simms scholars. The Initiatives continues to invite the community's help. Every entry in the database has a place to record comments and exchange thoughts about the work in question. The result will be a dramatically richer engagement in and understanding of the issues, places, times, and people with whom Simms interacted in person, through his editorial work, or in his voluminous writings.

Site Tour

The Simms Initiatives Web site contains a wealth of materials for scholars and enthusiasts of both Simms and 19th century American letters more generally. Visitors should feel free to explore the site on their own, but those looking for a guided, structured introduction should check out our site tour.