2016 Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography | Newberry

2016 Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography

Detail from Lady Mary Wroth, Urania, Vol 2, c. 1621. Newberry VAULT Case MS folio Y 1565 .W95.

Detail from Lady Mary Wroth, Urania, Vol 2, c. 1621.

At the Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Tuesday, July 5, 2016Friday, July 29, 2016
Directed by Heather Wolfe, Folger Shakespeare Library Curator of Manuscripts
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography

This four-week institute will provide an intensive introduction to reading and transcribing secretary and italic handwriting in the Tudor-Stuart period. Fifteen participants will also experiment with contemporary writing materials, learn the terminology and conventions for describing and editing early modern manuscripts, and, as time allows, discuss the important and evolving role of handwritten documents within a wider context of print, manuscript, and oral cultures. The institute emphasizes the skills needed for the accurate reading and transcription of texts, but attention may also be given to the instruments of research, codicology, analytical bibliography, and textual editing. Examples will be drawn from the manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Eligibility: The institute will enroll 15 participants by competitive application. First consideration will be given to advanced PhD students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced PhD students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars.

Award: All successful applicants will receive a stipend of $1,250; non-local participants will receive reimbursement of up to an additional $2,500 for certain expenses. There are no fees associated with the institute.

Cost and Registration Information 

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