Ann Blair is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor in the Department of History at Harvard. She focuses on the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe, with a special interest in book history. Her publications range across many topics in the history of working methods, including a special issue of Archival Science (Toward a Cultural History of Archives, 2007) and Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age (2010).
Arndt Brendecke studied history at the University of Munich and finished his doctorate at the same place in 1999. He has been research assistant at Munich’s History Department, scholar at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid, and Dilthey Fellow of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. After teaching at the University of Berne as Professor of Latin American History in 2010 and 2011, he went back to the University of Munich in 2011, holding the Chair of Early Modern History.
Liesbeth Corens is British Academy post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oxford. She is currently completing a book manuscript to be published as Confessional Mobility and English Catholics in Counter-Reformation Europe. Her other project is on creating counter-archives among Catholic minorities in early modern England and the Netherlands. With Kate Peters and Alexandra Walsham, she co-edited The Social History of the Archives: Record-Keeping in Early Modern Europe, Past & Present Supplement 11 (2016).
Filippo de Vivo teaches at Birkbeck, University of London. He has written on microhistory, rhetoric, pharmacies, the uses of information, and the history of walking. His book Information and Communication in Venice: Rethinking Early Modern Politics was published in 2007 and in a new version in Italian in 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he led a project on the comparative history of archives in late medieval and early modern Italy with support from the European Research Council. This led to a co-edited book (Archivi e archivisti in Italia tra Medioevo e età moderna, Viella 2015), a special issue on scholarly practices in early modern archives (Storia della storiografia, 2015), and ‘Archival Transformations in Early Modern Europe’ (European History Quarterly, 2016).
(p.viii) Randolph C. Head holds degrees from Harvard and the University of Virginia, and is currently Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on European political and institutional cultures, particularly the history of European archives. His publications include ‘Knowing Like a State’ (Journal of Modern History, 2003) and ‘Documents, Archives and Proof around 1700’ (Historical Journal, 2013). He has also edited a special issue of Archival Science (2010) and co-edited a volume on Portuguese family archives (2015). His research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, the Newberry Library/National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel.
Sundar Henny is a historian of early modern Europe. He is currently a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Ambizione fellow. His doctoral thesis (University of Basel, 2012) dealt with life writing in 17th-century Zurich: a revised version appeared as Vom Leib geschrieben: Der Mikrokosmos Zürich und seine Selbstzeugnisse im 17. Jahrhundert (2016). He has conducted postdoctoral research on the early modern reception of the Greek geographer Strabo at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University. His new project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is entitled ‘Navel of the World: Cross-Cultural Encounters at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 1400–1600’.
Arnold Hunt is a lecturer in early modern history at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Girton College. From 2005 to 2015 he was a curator of manuscripts at the British Library. His monograph The Art of Hearing: Early Modern Preachers and their Audiences was published in 2010.
Eric Ketelaar is Professor Emeritus at the University of Amsterdam, where from 1997 to 2009 he was Professor of Archivistics in the Department of Mediastudies. As an honorary fellow of his former department he continues his research, which is concerned mainly with the social and cultural contexts of records creation and use. From 1989 to 1997 he was General State Archivist (National Archivist) of the Netherlands.
Brooke Sylvia Palmieri is a PhD candidate working between the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters and the History Department at University College London. In addition to researching the interlocking reading, writing, archiving, and publication habits of the Quakers at the end of the 17th century, she is the editor of Printing History, the journal of the American Printing History Association.
Kiri Paramore, PhD (Tokyo, 2006), is a lecturer in History and Asian Studies at Leiden. He is the author of Ideology and Christianity in Japan (2009), Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History (2016), and editor of Religion and Orientalism in Asian Studies (2016).
(p.ix) Kate Peters is a senior college lecturer in history at Murray Edwards College in the University of Cambridge. Her first book, Print Culture and the Early Quakers, was published in 2005. She has published a number of related articles and chapters on Quaker uses of print and their political significance in the 1650s. Currently she is working on the politics of record-keeping in revolutionary England. With Liesbeth Corens and Alexandra Walsham, she co-edited The Social History of the Archives: Record-Keeping in Early Modern Europe, Past & Present Supplement 11 (2016).
Sylvia Sellers-García is Associate Professor of History at Boston College. Her 2013 monograph, Distance and Documents at the Spanish Empire’s Periphery, published by Stanford University Press, examines the creation, movement, and storage of documents in the Spanish Empire, with a focus on Guatemala. Her current research focuses on criminal cases in 18th-century Guatemala, in particular violent crimes targeting women.
Jacob Soll is Professor of History and Accounting at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Publishing The Prince: History, Reading and the Birth of Political Criticism (2005); The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert’s State Information System (2009); The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations, as well as numerous edited special issues, articles, book chapters, and journalistic works. He is currently working on several books, including Free Market: The History of a Dream and The Enlightenment Library.
Peter Stallybrass is Annenberg Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has directed the History of Material Texts since 1993. Peter has been the Samuel Wannamaker Fellow at the Globe Theatre in London, the Moses Aaron Dropsie Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a member of the American Philosophical Society. His work focuses on early modern printing and manuscripts and he is at present turning his Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography on printing for manuscript into a book to be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Trinity College and the British Academy. She has published widely on early modern religious and cultural history, including The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland (2011), which was joint winner of the Wolfson History Prize. With Liesbeth Corens and Kate Peters, she co-edited The Social History of the Archives: Record-Keeping in Early Modern Europe, Past & Present Supplement 11 (2016). Her current research project, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, is ‘The Reformation of the Generations: Age, Ancestry and Memory in England 1500–1700’. She is also Principal Investigator of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project ‘Remembering the Reformation’.
(p.x) Heather Wolfe is Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she also teaches palaeography. She is Principal Investigator of ‘Early Modern Manuscripts Online’, a large-scale transcription and image project. She has curated many exhibitions, including, most recently, ‘Shakespeare: Life of an Icon’ and ‘Shakespeare Documented’, and has published widely on early modern English manuscripts. Her current area of interest is writing paper and its many types and uses.