Folger Shakespeare Library Scholarship: Introduction to Early Modern Paleography

  • Whitla, David (Recipient)

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


A weeklong course providing an intensive introduction to handwriting in early modern England, with a particular emphasis on the English secretary hand of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries. Working from manuscripts in the Folger collection, up to fifteen participants are trained in the accurate reading and transcription of secretary, italic, and mixed hands. They also experiment with contemporary writing materials (quills, iron gall ink, and paper), learn the terminology for describing and comparing letterforms, and become skillful decipherers of abbreviations, numbers, and dates. All transcriptions made by participants become part of the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) database.
Granting OrganisationsFolger Institute Centre for Shakespeare Studies