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Re: [BKARTS] Reading and Transcription of early modern English handwriting



Thought this might be of interest. best regards
Jessica


"English Paleography Summer Institute

Sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

For four weeks in the summer of 2006, Heather Wolfe, Curator of
Manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library, will provide intensive
training in the accurate reading and transcription of early modern
English handwriting. The course will focus primarily on the secretary
and italic hands in the Tudor and Jacobean periods. Participants will
also experiment with contemporary writing materials; learn the
terminology for describing and comparing letter forms; consider the
various editorial conventions relating to abbreviations, interlineal
insertions, and deleted text; and discuss the important and evolving
role of handwritten documents within a wider context of print,
manuscript, and oral cultures. Examples will be drawn from the Folger's
manuscript collection.

Admission is limited to fifteen participants. Priority will be given to
advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and
universities, but applications will also be accepted from professional
staff of U.S. libraries and museums, and from qualified independent
scholars. Registration fees are waived for this program; each
participant will receive a stipend of $1,800 to help defray the costs of
housing and travel.

Director: Heather Wolfe is Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger
Shakespeare Library. She has edited Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland: Life
and Letters (2001), The Pen's Excellencie: Treasures from the Manuscript
Collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library (2002), and with Alan
Stewart, Letterwriting in Renaissance England (2004), and has written
several articles on manuscripts in early modern England.

Schedule: Mondays through Thursdays, 1 - 4:30 p.m., 10 July through 4
August 2006.

Application Process: Please use either the online application form or
the standard hard copy process found under the "Application Process" tab
on the Institute's homepage. Your statement of research plans should
describe in detail how the training you will receive in the summer
institute pertains to your scholarly and teaching interests. It should
also detail your past experience and training in the use of primary
source material."

Application Deadline: 1 March 2006.

Visit www.folger.edu/institute for more information and the online
application form. Contact institute@xxxxxxxxxx with any questions.

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