Launch of French Renaissance Paleography website

Composition de toutes sortes de feux artificiels, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, MSS 03105

The University of Toronto Libraries' Information Technology Services (ITS) department is pleased to announce the release of French Renaissance Paleography, a website that provides scholars and students the opportunity to practice paleography.

Paleography, the study of handwriting, prompts scholarly investigations into the details of medieval and early modern life that were recorded by hand rather than in print. The website provides a set of pedagogical paleography tools and provides access to over 100 manuscripts. Curated mostly from the Newberry Library collection, the site also includes manuscripts from the collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Morgan Library & Museum, and U of T’s own Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the three year collaborative project was led by the Newberry Library,  in partnership with the Saint Louis University, Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance, and the University of Toronto Libraries. The Paleography site is hosted by UTL’s Information Technology Services[1] and built using the Islandora[2] platform (Drupal, Fedora). UTL ITS developed custom Islandora modules, such as the Islandora Mirador Bookreader viewer[3] and T-PEN Connector module. The site’s transcription tool is a customized version of the T-PEN software[4] that has been developed by the Center for Digital Humanities at Saint Louis University.

We invite you to browse the site and offer any feedback that you might have: Go to the “Get Started” page - - for a quick introduction to the tools and resources available on the site.

UTL ITS wishes to extend thanks to all those who worked on the project and especially our wonderful collaborators at the Newberry, SLU, and Iter.


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