Practical Paleography is an informal series of ten paleography sessions meeting every two weeks. Series One ran from November 2014 through March 2015. It is currently in its fourth series. These sessions are sponsored by Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) for the staff and readers of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Each session will focus on transcription and mark-up (i.e. XML encoding) of a few 16th and/or 17th century manuscript pages from the Folger collection – announcements with information about particular manuscripts to be transcribed will appear a week or so before each session.
This initial series of Practical Paleography has concluded; it ran every other Tuesday from November 18 2014 until March 24 2015 in the Board Room, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, right after tea. The second series of Practical Paleography has concluded; it ran every other Tuesday from May 5 2015 until September 8 2015. The third series of Practical Paleography has concluded; it ran every other Tuesday from Oct 20 2015 until March 8 2016. See manuscript details about individual sessions below and transcriptions. Practical Paleography Series Four begins October 25th 2016 in the Board Room, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM. It will run for ten sessions.
Practical Paleography Series Four
Oct 25 2016
The first of ten sessions in the fourth series of Practical Paleography. Curator of Manuscripts Dr Heather Wolfe & EMMO Paleographer Sarah Powell will be on hand to lead the group in transcribing a bargain and sale (L.b.356) from the Loseley Collection, specifically one involving the sale of seven upper rooms to James Burbage. These rooms would become the famous Blackfriars Theatre. The session will start with Dr Heather Wolfe introducing to the early modern alphabet.
- L.b.356 - More, Sir William. Bargain and sale of seven upper rooms in the Blackfriars to James Burbage ⇒ Transcription
Nov 8 2016
Dr Heather Wolfe will give a brief review of the early modern alphabet and common abbreviations. In the first half of the session the group will transcribe more from L.b.356 (see October 25th session). In the second half of the hour Dr Hillary Nunn will give a short introduction to Lady Grace Castleton's booke of receipts from which the PracPaleo group will transcribe a seventeenth-century recipe for chocolate cream! EMMO Paleographer Sarah Powell will transcribe & tag this transcription on site using Dromio, the Folger's online transcription tool. This special session will serve as a preparation for the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC) "transcribathon" at the Folger on Wednesday, November 9th.
Nov 22 2016
In the third session of Practical Paleography we will transcribe L.a.190, from the Papers of the Bagot Family collection. The group will practice writing their own early modern alphabets by copying letters from the manuscript. Dr Heather Wolfe will also explain early modern letter folding. All are welcome.
Dec 6 2016
This special session of Practical Paleography will be a "Paleography Pub Night" from 5.00 - 7.00pm in the Foulke Conference Room, in tandem with the Folger Institute's Introduction to English Paleography lead by Dr Heather Wolfe. We will transcribe recipes for wine & ale over pizza & beer!
Dec 20 2016
In the fifth session of Practical Paleography Dr Owen Williams, Dr Heather Wolfe, Dr Meaghan Brown & Dr Lizzie Williamson will lead the group in transcribing a page of J.b.3, the Women's Prize. We will use Dromio, the Folger's online transcription tool.
Jan 17 2016
In the sixth session of Practical Paleography Curator of Manuscripts Dr Heather Wolfe & EMMO Paleographer Sarah Powell will be on hand to lead the group in transcribing a letter from V.b.333, Papers of the Goodricke family of Ribston Hall, Nidderdale, Yorkshire.
Jan 31 2016
In the seventh session of Practical Paleography EMMO Paleographer Sarah Powell will lead the group in a transcription of a warrant from V.b.333, Papers of the Goodricke family of Ribston Hall, Nidderdale, Yorkshire. We will also further explore Dromio, the Folger's online transcription tool.
- V.b.333 (20) - Warrant from Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington, to Sir Henry Goodricke⇒ Transcription
Feb 14 2016
In the eighth session of Practical Paleography EMMO Paleographer Sarah Powell and Curator of Manuscripts Heather Wolfe will lead the group in a transcription of L.a.97, a letter from Walter Bagot to Richard Bagot describing a ' very strange wedding'. We will also go over the homework from last week; a letter from V.b.333 (34), the Papers of the Goodricke Family, Nidderdale Yorkshire. We will use Dromio, the Folger's online transcription tool, to collate these transcriptions.
Feb 28 2016
March 14 2016
Practical Paleography Series Three
Oct 20 2015
Nov 3 2015
Nov 17 2015
Dec 1 2015
Dec 15 2015
A special Practical Paleography evening session today: 'Transcription Night 2' will take place at the Big Board, H street, DC. From 5.30pm - 7.30pm we will be transcribing selections from different manuscripts with pitchers of beer as prizes! Come join us!
Jan 12 2016
We will use Dromio, the Folger's online transcription-collation too to transcribe part of X.d.428 in the session. People are encouraged to participate remotely, if they wish.
Jan 26 2016
Session did not take place. The Folger was closed due to a winter storm.
Feb 9 2016
We will transcribe one page in V.a.307, a poetical and prose miscellany, and a section of an early modern newsletter. Newcomers are welcome and no registration is required.
Feb 23 2016
We will transcribe and tag some mid-seventeenth-century letters in this session as part of a special request by Dr. Patrick Tuite of the Department of Drama at Catholic University of America. Dr. Tuite supplied the images and will be joining us for the session. He is working on letters by Arthur Bennet (Earl of Arlington) and Captain Bartlett (who ran the packets sent between Dublin and Holyhead) for an upcoming paper.
Mar 8 2016
We will transcribe and tag a mid-seventeenth-century letter in this session as part of a special request by Dr. Patrick Tuite of the Department of Drama at Catholic University of America. Dr. Tuite supplied the image and will be joining us for the session. He is working on letters by Arthur Bennet (Earl of Arlington) and Captain Bartlett (who ran the packets sent between Dublin and Holyhead) for an upcoming paper. In addition we will transcribe one page in V.a.307, a poetical and prose miscellany, and a section of an early modern newsletter. Newcomers are welcome and no registration is required.
Practical Paleography Series Two
May 5 2015
May 19 2015
June 2 2015
June 16 2015
June 30 2015
Latin Part I: A look at some Latin snippets found in the Folger's manuscript collection. EMMO Paleographer Sarah Powell will lead the group in transcribing and translating Latin found in early modern manuscripts, copied from Virgil's Aeneid, Eclogues and Ovid's Metamorphoses, Tristia & Heroides.
July 14 2015
Latin Part II: A further look at Latin taken from the Folger's manuscript collection. EMMO Paleographer Sarah Powell will lead the group in transcribing and translating Latin, including Latin snippets from the Macro Plays: Castle of Perseverance [ca.1440], Henry Oxinden's miscellany [ca.1642-1670], Letter from John Parker at Dublin Castle to Thadeus O'Carroll , Letter from Harvey Bagot at Oxford to his father Walter Bagot , The Smith family miscellany [ca.1620-1655] and annotations by Gabriel Harvey in Facetie, motti, et burle di diversi signori et persone privat [1580-1608]. There will also be an opportunity to use dromio, the Folger's online transcription tool, to transcribe and tag a Latin excerpt from V.b.26, Book of magic, [ca.1577-1583].
July 28 2015
August 11 2015
August 26 2015
September 8 2015
Practical Paleography Series One
Nov. 18 2014
- V.a.430 – Cookery and medicinal recipes of the Granville family ⇒ Transcriptions
- V.b.301 – Cookbook of Grace Blome ⇒ Transcriptions
Dec. 2 2014
Quick review of alphabet then a look at some interesting letters from the following manuscript:
- X.c.61 – Papers of the Rattray family of Craighall ⇒ Transcriptions
Dec. 16 2015
Dec. 30 2015
- L.a.156 – Letter from Walter Bagot to an unnamed knight ⇒ Transcription
Jan. 13 2015
Jan. 27 2015
Feb. 10 2015
Feb. 24 2015
Mar. 24 2015