We are two Ph. D. students at The University of Iowa, Patricia cropped-cropped-IMG_1717-2-1.jpgGonzalo de Jesús from the Spanish Department, and Heather Wacha from the Department of History. We have developed and organized this project for people like you to “Meet the Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 2.44.55 PMScreen Shot 2016-01-15 at 7.55.30 AMManuscripts” held at The University of Iowa’s Special Collections.  For each featured manuscript, there will be a workshop held in late May where undergraduate and graduate student participants from The University of Iowa and surrounding community will help prepare the manuscript for online publication.  This website will hold the manuscript’s digitized  images as well as the transcriptions and translations produced in the workshop. Students from area high schools are also working with the manuscript and editing process to create their own artistic, linguistic and historical interpretations.  The results of their work will be posted alongside the digital edition.

We would like to thank The University of Iowa’s Digital Studio, Special Collections and the Center for the Book for their invaluable pedagogical and logistical support, as well as their generosity in supplying many of the materials used!  We would also like to thank our sponsors for their financial support of one or two fellows each for the 2016 workshop: The Center for the Book, Medium Aevum, the Department of History, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Graduate College, the School of Information and Library Science, the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates, The University of Iowa Honors Program, the College of Education, and International Programs.

Thanks to our community partners, this website has become all the more interesting with the additional publication of high school students’ creative work and insights. Thank you Maggie Harlow-Vogt at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, IA, Lindsay Fredregill at Central Academy in Des Moines, IA and Sean Neilly at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, IA.