Advanced Early Modern English Paleography (workshop)

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Heather Wolfe
December Weeklong Workshop

This December 2014 workshop provided intermediate and advanced paleographers with the opportunity to tackle some of the Folger's many challenging manuscripts in a collaborative environment. It was part of the Folger Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project, which was funded by a major grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Twelve to sixteen participants selected manuscripts from the Folger collections to transcribe while beta-testing a newly developed transcription software platform. They worked with the EMMO project team to refine their transcriptions before contributing them to the EMMO corpus. Some sessions were be devoted to participants' describing the research questions that engaged them, evaluated each others' transcriptions, and discussed digital mark-up and quality control issues. (No previous mark-up experience was necessary). In their application materials, applicants described the means by which they acquired their paleographic skill. Applicants were also welcome to indicate which previously unedited Folger manuscript or manuscripts they would be interested in transcribing.

Director: Heather Wolfe is Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She has written various essays on early modern manuscript culture, and has most recently edited The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary, 1613-1680 (2007) and The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608: A Facsimile Edition of Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.b.232 (2007).