Editing Florentine Inventories: a DALME Digital Seminar

March 7- May 10, 2022

Led by Laura K. Morreale and Daniel Lord Smail


This 10-week online seminar will focus on the digitized images of inventories from DALME’s Florentine Wards Collection. During two, hour-long sessions per week, instructors will introduce participants to the sources, train them to decipher the script and format, present location-specific vocabularies and research tools, and collaboratively prepare one inventory for publication on the DALME site according to project transcription and TEI-markup standards. Once all participants have become familiar with DALME’s methodologies, each person will select and prepare an inventory of his or her own and spend one hour per week editing it. In turn, each participant will have a week designated for his or her inventory, at which time the group will help solve questions and problems encountered along the way. The goal is to limit each participant’s time investment to 3-4 hours per week, including the two communal hour-long sessions.

Skills and Publication Opportunities:

At the end of the seminar, each participant will have acquired skills in deciphering and transcribing early-fifteenth-century notarial documents in Italian, and have hands-on experience with current digital scholarly approaches. Additionally, each participant will be given the opportunity to submit a transcription to DALME for publication, which will in turn be edited and reviewed by DALME project members. Seminar participants may also submit small or mid-sized essays for the features section based on their newly edited inventories. All publications will be peer-reviewed and authors will receive a permanent citation on the DALME site. If requested, the DALME team will be happy to supply a letter certifying that a participant has completed the seminar.


Seminar participation is open to anyone, including students (current or former), faculty, and independent scholars. All meetings will be held online via zoom, and the number of participants limited to 8.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should fill out the following application with basic contact information and 1-2 paragraphs explaining their interest in and qualifications to complete the seminar. Applications will be accepted between January 15 and February 15, 2022, and all decisions will be sent by February 28, 2022. Questions may be sent to projectdalme@gmail.com.

There is no cost to participate.