Last week, the CLIR project staff met with students visiting the Newberry for the Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography. The French Paleography course, directed this year by Marc Smith (École nationale des chartes, Paris) is one of several Institutes funded by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The summer institutes provide intensive practical training in reading late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern manuscripts in European vernacular hands: English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Even though most of the material we are cataloging through our project is published material rather than manuscripts, we knew that some of the researchers would be interested in our work and the material. Additionally, we do have some manuscript material in the collections and some of the pamphlets are annotated.
For the session, we put together a slide show of some of the (not yet cataloged) manuscripts and annotated items from the French Revolution Collection (FRC), Saint-Sulpice Collection and Collection of publishers’ prospectuses, catalogs, and other materials.