Lectures & Conferences

7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium
on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Collecting Histories

November 6-8, 2014



Thursday, November 6, 2014

To be held at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 (map).  

Philadelphia Collects

A Panel Discussion on the Past, Present, and Future of Manuscript Collecting in Philadelphia


Katharine C. Chandler, Free Library of Philadelphia
Derick Dreher, Rosenbach Museum & Library
William Noel, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Moderated by James N. Green, Library Company of Philadelphia,

Panel begins at 5:30 pm; reception begins at 6:30 pm. A special exhibition of manuscripts from the Free Library's collections will be on view during the reception.



Friday, November 7, 2014

To be held in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 6th floor
3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 (map).


8:30 - 9:00 am     Registration and Coffee

9:00 - 9:15 am     Welcome and Opening Remarks: The New Schoenberg Database Project

Lynn Ransom, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS), University of Pennsylvania Libraries


9:15 -10:30 am

Peter Kidd, Independent Scholar

Provenance Research and the Internet

Toby Burrows, King's College London

Mapping the Provenance of Manuscripts in the Collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps

Moderator: Lynn Ransom, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries


10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee


10:45 pm - 12:15 pm Workshop I

Mining and Visualizing Manuscript Provenance Data at a Large Scale

Mitch Fraas, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries


12:15 - 1:30pm Lunch break


1:30 pm -2:45 pm

Megan Cook, Colby College

Joseph Holland and the Idea of the Chaucerian Book

Lisa Fagin Davis, Medieval Academy of America

Gareth Hughes: A Welshman in Reno

Moderator: David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania


2:45 - 3:00 pm Coffee


3:00 pm -4:30 pm Workshop II

The Bibale Database: A digital tool for researching historic collections and medieval manuscript provenance

Hanno Wijsman, Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT-CNRS)


5:00 pm -6:00 pm SPECIAL SESSION

Test-driving the Prototype of the Public User-Interface for the New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Jeff Chiu, Programmer, New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Project


Saturday, November 8, 2014

8:30 - 9:00 am Coffee


9:00 -10:45 am

Nigel Ramsay, University College London

"Project C" for the Library of Congress: Seymour de Ricci's Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

Scott Gwara, University of South Carolina

Southern Belles-Lettres: Using the Schoenberg Database to identify the first medieval books in the American South

Alexander Devine, SIMS & University of Pennsylvania

13th-Century Bibles and the Book Trade: Mapping their transmission and collection

Moderator: Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania


10:45 - 11:00 am Coffee


11:00 pm - 12:30 pm Workshop III

Provenance that POPs Workshop

Laura Aydelotte, University of Pennsylvania Libraries


12:30 - 2:00pm Lunch break

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Julia Verkholantsev, University of Pennsylvania

From Sinai to California: The history of the Greek Codex 170/347 from the UCLA Special Collections

William Stoneman, Houghton Library, Harvard University

The Linked Collections of William Bragge (1823-1884) of Sheffield and Dr. T. Shadford Walker (1834-1885) of Liverpool


Moderator: Mitch Fraas, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

3:15 - 3:30 pm Coffee


3:30 pm -5:00 pm Workshop IV

The Butcher's Bill: What the Schoenberg Database can reveal about the trade in medieval and Renaissance manuscript fragments

Scott Gwara, University of South Carolina, and Eric Johnson, Ohio State University


5:00 - 6:00 pm Closing Reception and Special Exhibition of Manuscripts from the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

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