The digitized, sortable, searchable list of Emerson's Library is available through the database website LibraryThing located at: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/RalphWaldoEmerson. Hosting the library data with this outside resource allows for a more advanced organizational strategy and greater searching capabilities.
A note on the database: LibraryThing uses the most currently available bibliographic information available through the consortium source Overcat, which is "LibraryThing's searchable database of over 32 million high-quality cataloging records. It includes records from over 700 library systems worldwide. The records have been obtained from public archives and from Z39.50 searches done by LibraryThing members" (Read More).
While this database is impressive, it is not, nor could it be, a comprehensive list of all texts ever printed. This being said, there were a number of obscure titles (estimated at about fifty titles, mainly single-printing orations) that could not be readily translated from the printed version of Emerson's Library to the digital collection, and are currently unavailable through the digitized Emerson's Library.
In other cases, where the specific printing of a title was unavailable but the same text was available from a different printing, this latter edition was included to provide a more complete list of texts within Emerson's personal library.
To view the exact information available in Walter Harding’s Emerson’s Library, please refer to the 1967 print edition published by University of Virginia.
If you are interested in exploring this digital collection but do not know where to begin interpreting, anaylzing, or otherwise using such a resource, please visit the other pages in this section to see examples of how bibliographic and quantitative data may be advantageously employed within a scholastic setting, or as a starting point for diverse research projects.