Silk stockings are the smoking gun (Navarrese Private Libraries – Part 2)

In the first post about what I’m using my Student Research Grant for, I tried to give an overview of what I’m using it for and a little taste of my research. In this post, I’d like to take you through the most thrilling example of what has come up in my research.

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Navarrese Private Libraries – Part 1

For my Student Research Grant, I was able to fund the digitization of some 16th and 17th court documents from the Archivo Diocesano de Pamplona (ADP) in Pamplona, Spain. These are for the honors thesis that I am currently writing about private libraries in the 16th and 17th centuries. Within these court documents, scribes and notaries painstakingly (or carelessly) noted down the household goods, papers, and books of individuals. I am interested in the books of 35 individuals whose personal libraries were inventoried so that the parties fighting over the goods could be sure of what the deceased owned. These documents offer some of the best insight into how people interacted with books in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Manuscript Research at the HMML Part 2

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Manuscript Research at the HMML Part 1

For my Student Research Grant, I traveled to St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, to visit the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML). Professor Greenia initially invited me on this trip because another Hispanic Studies student, James Sylvester, is going to do his honors thesis on the manuscript Leyes de los Moros, of which three copies currently exist (the others are in Stockholm and Copenhagen). On Friday we set out to Richmond Airport and flew to Minneapolis. We had a 40 minute connection in Chicago which has us running from terminal 2 of the Chicago airport past the Brontosaurus skeleton to terminal one to catch our connection! We finally arrived in Minneapolis at 10:30PM and made it out of the airport at 11:30 to reach St. John’s University at 1:00AM. We woke up and at breakfast at the abbey guesthouse (St. John’s is run by the Benedictine order). We toured the campus and at 10:00AM sharp we headed over to HMML to begin our research!

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