Manuscript Skills Summer Course

Manuscript Skills Summer Course (taught annually)

Instructors: Amey Hutchins, Nicholas Herman, and Dot Porter

An Annual Summer Course co-sponsored by SAS Graduate Division & The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

This non-credit course will introduce graduate students working in medieval and Renaissance periods to the disciplines of manuscript studies, such as codicology and paleography, and will provide an opportunity for students to analyze manuscripts relevant to their research interests in Penn’s collections.

Students will get acquainted with a selection of digital humanities tools as applied to manuscript studies and gain confidence in using manuscript catalogs, working in special collections libraries, handling pre-modern manuscripts, and reading manuscript text.

The course instructors are all staff members of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts: Amey Hutchins, Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian; Nicholas Herman, Lawrence J. Schoenberg Curartor; and Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services.

The only requirement for course participation is an interest in working with manuscripts in research. While knowledge of Latin is useful, it is not required. We welcome graduate students, undergraduate students, and library staff from Penn and other local institutions. There is no fee for taking this course, but participants are encouraged to purchase the course textbook, Introduction to Manuscript Studies (Clemens & Graham).

Details for registration are usually announced in the Spring. For questions about participating in the summer 2022 version of this course, please email Amey Hutchins (