Explore the past! Discover cultural, religious, and family connections through the correspondence of seventeenth and eighteenth century European religious minorities by transcribing letters.

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The letters in our project are divided by theme based on the type of network implied in the text of the letters. We hope that these themes can help you choose an area of interest. For example, Material Goods include commercial networks and discussions of the movement of books and materials. Social networks discuss family, friendship, health, and communication. And Women's Lives include estate management and family life. The available themes will vary over the course of the transcription project.

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PRINT is looking for enthusiastic citizen scholars to transcribe this collection of letters. Through your participation and transcribing the letters of the past, you will be a part of a collaborative effort to uncover historical stories and make them accessible to researchers and the general public, while learning valuable research skills. To get started, please fill out our volunteer form here.



We are a collaborative digital humanities project tracing communication networks of early modern Europe and how these networks shaped migration in the Atlantic world. PRINT brings together 3,000 letters from religious minorities (Anabaptists, Quakers, and Pietists) of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, from archives in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany. Using these letters, we are learning about the lives of ordinary people, while drawing larger understandings about mobility, migration, and travel during this period, and how making connections shape our world today.

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