The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (which I highly recommend you visit if you’re ever in New Haven, which, incidentally, is a much nicer city than some people think) has produced a wonderful lexicographical blog called Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary:
Welcome to Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary, a word-a-day dictionary from Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language (London: Printed by W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, ), one of the first dictionaries to document the daily working life of the English language.
In celebration of the three hundredth anniversary of Johnson’s birth in 1709, a definition from the first edition of the dictionary will be posted each day for readers’ lexiconic delight, beginning on January 1, 2009. Words will be taken from the annotated proof copy of the first edition, extra-illustrated with Johnson’s and his helpers’ manuscript corrections, which is held in the collections of Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
They’re also going to be “offering an exhibition on the writing of Boswell’s Life of Johnson in July – September, 2009, drawing on the Beinecke’s Boswell Family Papers collection. As a contribution to the tercentenary festivities, and in support of scholarship on Johnson and Boswell, the Beinecke will be scanning the entire James Boswell segment of the Boswell Family Papers and making the collection available in its Digital Images and Collections.” Now, that’s the way to share your rich holdings with the public! (N.b.: They call it “a word-a-day dictionary,” but it’s arranged in reverse chronological order and allows comments, so I say it’s a blog.) Thanks for the link, Paul!