Session Title

Networks of Transmission: Histories and Practices of Collecting Medieval Manuscripts and Documents

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Project, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

Organizer Name

Alexander Devine

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Pennsylvania

Presider Name

Lynn Ransom

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Pennsylvania

Paper Title 1

The Provenance and History of the Manuscripts Formerly in the Phillipps Collection: New Approaches to Reconstruction and Analysis

Presenter 1 Name

Toby Burrows

Presenter 1 Affiliation

King's College London

Paper Title 2

"I would prefer that my bankers do not know just how much I am spending on books . . .": The Collections of R. E. Hart

Presenter 2 Name

Cynthia Johnston

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Institute of English Studies, Univ. of London

Paper Title 3

The First Medieval Books in Maritime Canada

Presenter 3 Name

Scott Gwara

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of South Carolina-Columbia

Paper Title 4

The Neo-Gothic in the Medieval Manuscript Collection of John Frederick Lewis (1860-1932)

Presenter 4 Name

Katharine C. Chandler

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Free Library of Philadelphia

Start Date

16-5-2015 1:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1055

Description

This session will focus on the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which medieval manuscripts have been pursued and on the collectors and collecting that have catalyzed this transmission across the centuries. This session – like The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts itself – is rooted in the belief that studying manuscripts’ provenance can have dynamic and profound effects not only on our understanding of these medieval materials as objects to be bought and sold but also on their texts through mapping their circulation and reception. We particularly welcome proposals that explore diverse topics from the role of digital technologies such as the SDBM in conducting provenance research, the relationship between institutional and private ownership of manuscripts, specific case studies of collecting practices, the transatlantic travels of medieval materials, collectors’ roles in the dispersal of libraries and the fragmentation of manuscripts, collectors and manuscript preservation, and how a manuscript’s provenance history can affect its value and collectability on the rare books market, to how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Alexander L. Devine and Lynn Ransom

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May 16th, 1:30 PM

Networks of Transmission: Histories and Practices of Collecting Medieval Manuscripts and Documents

Fetzer 1055

This session will focus on the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which medieval manuscripts have been pursued and on the collectors and collecting that have catalyzed this transmission across the centuries. This session – like The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts itself – is rooted in the belief that studying manuscripts’ provenance can have dynamic and profound effects not only on our understanding of these medieval materials as objects to be bought and sold but also on their texts through mapping their circulation and reception. We particularly welcome proposals that explore diverse topics from the role of digital technologies such as the SDBM in conducting provenance research, the relationship between institutional and private ownership of manuscripts, specific case studies of collecting practices, the transatlantic travels of medieval materials, collectors’ roles in the dispersal of libraries and the fragmentation of manuscripts, collectors and manuscript preservation, and how a manuscript’s provenance history can affect its value and collectability on the rare books market, to how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Alexander L. Devine and Lynn Ransom