Paleographical Challenge 2020

Steal away from work and study, forsake your crosswords and your spelling bees! Beinecke Early Modern invites you to a paleographical puzzle on weekdays during our current exhibit, Subscribed: The Manuscript in Britain, 1500-1800. Join us here most weekdays, beginning January 29 through the run of the show, to test your manuscript mettle with an identification or transcription from the early modern British manuscript collections. A (suggested) solution will be provided in the following day’s post. Take the Paleo-Fitness Challenge! Our motto: strength and beauty through paleography.
  • Paleographical Challenge #73

    May 8, 2020

    Today’s post, pictured above, is the last for the 2020 Paleographical Challenge . Unlike the previous 72 puzzles, this, shall we say, is a rather post-...
  • Paleographical Challenge #72

    May 7, 2020

    Today’s puzzle pictured above for the Paleographical Challenge . Suggested transcription for yesterday’s guest manuscript shown below: March 21. L...
  • Paleographical Challenge #71

    May 6, 2020

    Today’s guest manuscript comes courtesy of Sue Walker (Head of Public Services) and Cindy Roman (Curator, Prints, Drawings, & Paintings) at Yale...
  • Paleographical Challenge #70

    May 5, 2020

    Today’s manuscript comes courtesy of Melissa Grafe, Head of the Medical Historical Library at Yale University Library. Visit the Paleographical Challenge...
  • Paleographical Challenge #69

    May 4, 2020

    Today’s guest manuscript comes to us courtesy of Elisabeth Fairman, Chief Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Yale Center for British Art . For...
  • Paleographical Challenge #68

    May 1, 2020

    Today’s guest manuscript arrives courtesy of Alexandra Franklin, Coordinator of the Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Libraries . Check...
  • Paleographical Challenge #67

    April 30, 2020

    Today’s guest manuscript comes to us courtesy of Suzanne Paul, Keeper of Manuscripts and University Archives at Cambridge University Library . Check back...
  • Paleographical Challenge #66

    April 29, 2020

    Today’s guest manuscript comes courtesy of Shannon Supple, Curator of Rare Books at Smith College . Visit the Paleographical Challenge tomorrow to find...
  • Paleographical Challenge #65

    April 28, 2020

    Today’s guest manuscript arrives courtesy of Mike Webb, Curator of Early Modern Archives and Manuscripts at the Weston Library of the Bodleian. Visit the...
  • Paleographical Challenge #64

    April 27, 2020

    Today’s guest manuscript arrives courtesy of Dennis Duncan and the 39 Step Press printing collective . Check back tomorrow to find its identity and a...