HIST 307 - Topics in Archival Studies
A study of archival sciences, history, and methods within a specific theme. Topics vary according to student interest and faculty expertise, but will focus on hands-on learning and interaction with aspects of archival materials and rare books. These courses will also focus on the historical context for each theme and how it influences archival work.
Topic for Fall 2019
Introduction to English Paleography
This course will provide students with a basic introduction to mid-to-late Modern English Paleography (1700-1950). It will provide students with the skills needed for accurate understanding and transcription of handwritten historical and archival documents. Through this course, students will learn the historical framework for the study of English handwriting. It will provide students with an introduction to the history of English scripts, framing handwritten documents within political, religious, literary, and historical contexts. The skills and techniques learned in this class will be applicable to students working in areas related to art history, history, literature, anthropology, and other humanities disciplines. The course provides students with insights and experience working in an archival and museum setting. It provides students with the opportunity to work directly with original manuscripts and archival materials. Through a combination of hands-on work in the classroom and outside readings, students will build paleographical skills and develop a historical understanding of the development of English handwriting.
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