Ms. Roll 1066: Introduction & Acknowledgements

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In July, 2021, under the aegis of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS), we started the process of moving Ms. Codex 1066: Genealogical Chronicle of the Kings of England to Edward IV, circa 1461 from the old system into Digital Mappa (DM). This project is a complete transcription linked to digital images of UPenn Ms. Roll 1066, from the collection of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

The original project was launched in 2012, and nine years is a long time when it comes to computer hardware and software. We had known for several years that we would have to either make a move or take the project down, but when DM v.2 was released in early 2020, we knew that it would be a perfect new home for the project. DM, developed by Martin Foys at the University of Wisconsin with cooperation from SIMS since 2013, with its focus on annotating images, was similar to the existing version of the project but included additional functionality that we knew would be a benefit.

In 2021 we were in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We had been working remotely since March 2020, and it was a constant challenge to figure out how to do meaningful work without having access to the library’s physical collections. So the revision of Ms. Codex 1066, a digital project that we could do entirely remotely, was a perfect choice. Dot Porter, Curator for Digital Research Services in the Kislak Center, gathered the team in mid-July, and we started planning immediately.

With no way to automatically port the old project into DM, we needed a team that would be able to take the time and effort to carefully and systematically move everything by hand. Two members of the original team returned for the revision: Marie Turner, now living in Cambridge, England, and Amey Hutchins, who is still at Penn Libraries as the Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian. They were joined by Dot and Lucy Hall, a Master’s Student in Library Science at Drexel University, who worked on Ms. Codex 1066 as her capstone project. 

It’s now January 2022, ten years since the launch of the original project, and we are very pleased to make available Ms. Codex 1066: Genealogical Chronicle of the Kings of England to Edward IV, circa 1461 in DM v.2.


2021-2022: Digital Mappa Migration

  • Marie Turner, Manuscripts Cataloger
    • Text transcription, editing, DM annotations
  • Amey Hutchins, Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian, University of Pennsylvania
    • Editing, DM annotations
  • Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services, University of Pennsylvania
    • DM layout and implementation, website implementation, DM annotations
  • Lucy Hall, MLIS Student (awarded 2022), Drexel Universtiy
    • DM annotations

Special thanks to Martin Foys and Digital Mappa, and The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies.


2012: Original Project

Thanks to the following members of the Penn community for their work on Ms. Roll. 1066 and its website:

  • Marie Turner, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English (awarded 2014)
    • Editing, research and historical context
  • Emily Steiner, Associate Professor, Department of English
    • Faculty advisor, research and grant writing
  • Amey Hutchins, Manuscripts Cataloger, Rare Book & Manuscript Library
    • Transcription, proofreading, and editing
  • Dennis Mullen, Digitization Specialist, Schoenberg Institute for Electronic Text & Image
    • Website design and construction
  • Claudia Scala Schlessman, Manuscripts Cataloger, Rare Book & Manuscript Library
    • Website image mapping
  • Nancy M. Shawcross, Curator of Manuscripts, Rare Book & Manuscript Library
    • Project coordination, website presentation and grant writing


Thanks also to the Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative, the B. H. Breslauer Foundation, and the Walter J. Miller Trust for financial support of the acquisition of Ms. Roll 1066; and to the American Branch of the Richard III Society for financial support of the website project.