[hist-book] TODAY: Laura Aydelotte, “‘Her Bouk’: Early Modern Women’s Provenance Marks and Research in the Material and the Digital Archives”

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please join us TODAY, Monday, 27 April, for this year’s final meeting of the Workshop in the History of Material Texts. We will convene at our usual time and place: 5:15pm in the Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center on the 6th Floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

We will be welcoming Laura Aydelotte (Penn), for a can’t-miss talk entitled “‘Her Bouk’: Early Modern Women’s Provenance Marks and Research in the Material and the Digital Archives”

Laura writes,

The Provenance Online Project, or POP, presents material marks left in books by former owners in a digital environment. The project contains over 12,000 images and crowdsources information about these images of provenance evidence. As POP begins to expand to include images outside of Penn, the potential for quickly and easily comparing provenance marks in books from multiple libraries at once will increasingly open up potential new avenues for scholarship.

One area that offers especially rich information is the study of early modern women’s provenance marks, which have much to tell us about what women from the 15th to the early 18th centuries owned and read, and how they used books. However, little attention has been paid specifically to studying women’s provenance marks and they can often be hard to effectively locate in library catalog records. This presentation will provide a brief introduction to POP as a project, and then focus on the challenges and discoveries that have come out of searching for and examining pre-1750 women’s provenance marks both as they appear in material texts and in digital form at Penn Libraries, the Library Company, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Laura Aydelotte is Director of POP (the Provenance Online Project), CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Early Modern Studies at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Affiliate in the Penn English Department

All are welcome! Please forward this email widely to any who might be interested. Those who do not hold University of Pennsylvania ID cards should bring another form of photo identification in order to enter the library building.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Peter Stallybrass
Annenberg Professor in the Humanities

Marie Turner
Brizdle-Schoenberg Fellow in the History of Material Texts

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