Folger Institute


Programs, 2010-2011

Introduction to Early Modern English Paleography

Heather Wolfe
Fall Semester Skills Course

This skills course provides an introduction to English handwriting of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a strong emphasis on the secretary hand. Participants will be introduced to a wide range of documents of historical and literary interest from the manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library, including correspondence, literary works, accounts, inventories, wills, miscellanies, commonplace books, receipt books, petitions, and depositions. Applicants should describe their progress to date on a relevant research project and the kinds of manuscript resources required, whether at the Folger or elsewhere. Enrollment is limited to eight participants. 

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).

Schedule: Thursdays, 1 to 4:30, 23 September through 16 December 2010, excluding 11 November, 25 November, and 2 December.

Apply: 4 June 2010 for admission and grants-in-aid; 3 September for admission only.

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