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Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography

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Funded by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these summer institutes provide intensive practical training in reading late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern manuscripts in European vernacular hands: English, French, Italian, and Spanish. The institutes emphasize the skills needed for the accurate reading and transcription of vernacular texts, but attention may also be given to the instruments of research, codicology, analytical bibliography, and textual editing, depending on the expertise of the instructors and the nature of the historical documents under consideration.


The institutes are hosted by the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Getty Research Institute, and the Huntington Library.


Each institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, but applications will also be accepted from associate and full professors at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars. Applicants selected for admission receive a stipend to help defray the cost of attending the institute.


The Mellon paleography initiative is headquartered at the Newberry’s Center for Renaissance Studies. For general information about the program, please contact Lia Markey, Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies, at (312) 255-3565 or renaissance@newberry.org. For application forms and more detailed information about individual institutes, please contact the host institutions.


See our Paleography page for links to online resources for paleography in several languages.


Past Mellon Summer Institutes


Summer Institutes, 2017 - 2020


2017


Italian Paleography

July 10 - July 29

The Getty Research Institute

GRIpaleography@getty.edu
www.getty.edu/paleography


Spanish Paleography

June 12 - June 30

Center for Renaissance Studies,

The Newberry Library

renaissance@newberry.org
www.newberry.org/2017SpanishPaleography


2018


English Paleography

Institute dates TBD

The Folger Institute,

Folger Shakespeare Library

institute@folger.edu
www.folger.edu/institute


French Paleography

June 4 - June 29

Center for Renaissance Studies,

The Newberry Library


2019


Italian Paleography

Institute dates TBD

Center for Renaissance Studies,

The Newberry Library


Spanish Paleography

Institute dates TBD

The Huntington Library

cwehrey@huntington.org
www.huntington.org


2020


English Paleography

Institute dates TBD

The Folger Institute,

Folger Shakespeare Library


French Paleography

Institute dates TBD

Center for Renaissance Studies,

The Newberry Library

Upcoming Institutes

Monday, June 4, 2018Thursday, June 28, 2018
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
At the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC
Application deadline: March 1, 2018
This four-week institute will provide an intensive introduction to reading and transcribing secretary and italic handwriting in the Tudor-Stuart period.
Monday, June 4, 2018Thursday, June 28, 2018
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography
Application deadline: March 1, 2018
This course will examine French manuscripts and archival materials from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century. The institute will provide a summary outline of the history of handwriting in France, followed by intensive training in reading from facsimiles, both in class and at home.