This course will provide an intensive introduction to reading and transcribing secretary and italic handwriting in the Tudor-Stuart period. 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. Examples will be drawn from the Huntington and Folger manuscript collections.
Eligibility: The institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced graduate 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 $1,050; non-local participants will receive reimbursement of up to an additional $2,360 for travel, housing, and food.
For information and application instructions, contact:
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
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