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Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography

Manuscript letter. Click to enlarge.

Petition for summons by the corregidor Andrés Fernández de Herrera, Valle de Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1596. HRC 117, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts collection. Harry Ransom Center.

Harry Ransom Center
June 6–24, 2011

Applications are being accepted by the Harry Ransom Center for the Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography, occurring in Austin June 6–24, 2011.

All application materials must be received by Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Late applications will not be reviewed.

Participants will learn to transcribe a variety of Spanish documentary and book scripts found in primary sources from Spain and the Americas in the late medieval and early modern periods, ranging from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

Manuscripts from the collections of the Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, and the university's Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection will be used to supplement and enrich course content. Attention will also be given to research tools for using the archives of other manuscript repositories.

This institute will enroll 15 participants, and the course will be conducted in Spanish. Advanced Spanish language skills are required. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, but applications will also be accepted from professional staff from museums and libraries and from independent scholars. Participants will receive a stipend to help defray the costs of housing and travel.

Dr. Consuelo Varela, of Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos de Sevilla, will lead the institute. Varela has published extensively on Christopher Columbus, the early years of the discovery of America, and Spanish voyages across the Pacific. She taught the Summer Institute in the Spanish and Hispanic-American Archival Sciences at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 1996 and 2002.

The institute is part of a four-year initiative for vernacular paleography supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and headquartered at the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies.

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