Lynn Ransom joined Penn Libraries in February 2008 as the Project Manager for the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts and is a founding member of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. Lynn holds a B.A. in art history from the University of the South and an M.A. and Ph.D. in medieval art history, with an emphasis on manuscript illumination from the University of Texas at Austin.
Before coming to Penn, Lynn held positions in the manuscript collections at the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. She also served as a researcher at the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University. She has published on manuscript illumination of the 13th and 16th centuries. Her current research interests involve the provenance of medieval manuscripts and the history of international manuscript cataloging efforts in the early 20th century.
Lynn has recently overseen the NEH-funded redevelopment of the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, as an open-access, user-maintained finding aid for the world's pre-modern manuscripts.